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Old 01-10-2013, 08:42 PM   #1
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A Few Words About London Fletcher....

While there were a few moments this season when I was concerned that he may have lost a step, but on balance, my view is that he was yet again terrific -- both in terms of skills and, very importantly, in terms of leadership. He's weighing what to do (I wonder what Ronde Barber is doing myself): Fletcher Will Take Time To Consider Future.

I hope he comes back. And when he retires after his 237th season, I would love to see him on staff (if his on the field coaching is any indication, he could do well in that role).

But more than anything, if we have seen the last of him on the field in B&G, my hat's off to the guy who gives 100% on every play, every week, and represents the best in what an NFL player can be. A class act. Incredibly dedicated to the community. And a great role model for us all.

Not meant to be a farewell -- more of a "please come back."
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Old 01-10-2013, 08:55 PM   #2
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Re: A Few Words About London Fletcher....

I'll be shocked if the Skins bring him back with the cap number he has. I doubt it. (6.2 mil)
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Old 01-10-2013, 08:59 PM   #3
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Re: A Few Words About London Fletcher....

Guilty of condemning the man for......lost steps as well. He does embody everything that is "Redskins"....
He is an amazing athlete, Team leader and human being! I do not believe for a minute we have seen the last of him. BUT, when the time comes, I sincerely hope he retires in the B & G!
Hail London Fletcher!
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Old 01-11-2013, 01:41 AM   #4
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I'm with you all the way on this Calia. Fletch has been nothing short of fantastic his entire time with us. One of the best, if not the best, FA signings we've ever made. The only thing I doubt...is that he lasts 237 seasons.
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Old 01-11-2013, 07:26 AM   #5
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Re: A Few Words About London Fletcher....

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I'll be shocked if the Skins bring him back with the cap number he has. I doubt it. (6.2 mil)
Didn't we just sign him to a two year contract last offseason, 10 mil total? Seems kinda odd not to at least play out the contract considering he's still pretty good.
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Old 01-11-2013, 10:04 AM   #6
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Re: A Few Words About London Fletcher....

well, him and hall total about 16mill, so if you need to make cuts, those are two guys to look at.

you don't cut them unless you're sure you have replacements and need the money though.
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Re: A Few Words About London Fletcher....

I am torn on London. Man is a great player, and his streak is amazing, and he is the qb of our defense, it's not the same when he isn't in. He also had trouble in several games this year, and obviously the wear on his body has added up. I know at 50 he will be in a lot of pain, and I don't want that for him. I want him to retire on a upbeat note, and go on with his life. But I want him to be a Redskin until he hangs up his cleats, and one more year, we might get him back in the big game.

Ultimately, whatever he decides, I hope the Redskins treat him with the honor and respect he certainly deserves, and as Clinton Portis was named one of the 80 greatest, we ought to make sure Fletcher is recognized as a true Redskins great as soon as possible if and when he retires.
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Re: A Few Words About London Fletcher....

Would like to see him come back. I hope if he does leave we retain him in some capacity within the organization.
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Old 01-11-2013, 10:35 AM   #9
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Re: A Few Words About London Fletcher....

His cap hit is pretty big for 2013, they'll definitely have to re-work that if he decides to come back.
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Re: A Few Words About London Fletcher....

First, Fletcher's made comments about considering his future the past few offseasons. Based on his play this year, i highly doubt he intends to retire. Secondly, i'd be shocked if we cut him. Doing so would only save us about 3.5MM in cap, since we'd take an almost 3MM cap hit if we released him. Then, we've got to go out and find someone to replace London. Sure, it could be someone already under contract, but then we have to go out and find someone to replace THAT guy. So lets say his replacement ends up costing us only 1MM. We're still saving over 2MM in cap room, but is it worth it? I personally dont think so. He's still playing at an exceptionally high level, so I'd rather keep Fletcher one more year than save about 2MM in cap room.
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Re: A Few Words About London Fletcher....

We won't cut him. He'll either retire or he'll come back, with a re-worked deal. We can't keep him for $7M in 2013.
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Re: A Few Words About London Fletcher....

he, along w deangelo hall and santana moss, will sign vet min deals as a show of faith.
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he, along w deangelo hall and santana moss, will sign vet min deals as a show of faith.
That's a lot of faith….
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Re: A Few Words About London Fletcher....

If London Fletcher returns it will be because he strongly feels the Redskins can make it all the way to the Super Bowl. Fletcher deserves another ring.....
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Old 01-11-2013, 12:42 PM   #15
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Re: A Few Words About London Fletcher....

I don't see a vet minimum for him, and we'd be fools to push for that (for Moss or Hall either, for that matter -- their individual play warrants more than the vet min). But I might imagine he could re-structure, and assuming he decides to come back, he has to like his chances of getting back to the post-season next year and, as we all know, in the post-season just about anything can happen.

It is hard to overstate his value on the field in terms of how he directs the defense. Countless times this season -- especially during the streak -- we'd see him dash to the line, wave his hands and direct guys re: coverage and blitzing, to good effect. I think we have some good LBs on the team -- Perry Riley made real strides this year, Rob Jackson showed some playmaking ability, and Kerrigan was solid albeit not spectacular. But none of the guys we have on defense can fulfill that "coach on the field" role. And that seems to be a hallmark of some of the very best defenses -- think of John Lynch for the Bucs, Ray Lewis for the Ravens, and Brian Urlacher for the Bears. A savvy veteran who understands the game so well is really vital (you need that in your QB as well, and I think we're in good shape there). But I am not sure we have that on D other than London.
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