Dec 22, 2013; Landover, MD, USA; Washington Redskins outside linebacker Brian Orakpo (98) prepares to run onto the field prior to the Redskins

Report: Washington Redskins open contract talks with free agents

The Washington Redskins are moving to lock up some of their impending free agents, according to ProFootballTalk. After starting contract talks with cornerback DeAngelo Hall over the weekend, General Manager Bruce Allen confirmed that the team began speaking with the agents for Hall, Brian Orakpo and Perry Riley during practice for the Senior Bowl last month.

With new head coach Jay Gruden and his staff still evaluating the talent on the team, there are no exact contract proposals yet, but with 22 pending free agents, the team will have to resign at least some of them.

“I think it’s a little early, because they are just starting to evaluate,” Allen said, via the Washington Times. “We’ll have some fresh ideas and some fresh eyeballs looking at players. We, obviously, can fill them in on the character of various guys, but I’d be interested to hear their opinions on who they think really fits in here and who might not.”

After two years of cap penalties (and many years of Dan Sneider throwing good money after bad) Allen is confident that the team will be active in free agency, and the team has the cap space available to keep some of their own talent, before bringing in outside help.

Tags: Brian Orakpo DeAngelo Hall Free Agency Washington Redskins