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Cap penalties reportedly getting in way of London Fletcher deal

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Given the public statements on both sides, we would have expected to have word of a new deal between the Redskins and linebacker London Fletcher by now.

The Redskins said they wanted him back and Fletcher said he wanted to return, so what’s the hold up? According to Alex Marvez of FOXSports.com, it is the $18 million cap penalty levied on the Redskins for their spending during the uncapped 2010 season.

“LB Lorenzo Alexander says NFL cap penalty hindering contract talks 2 re-sign LB London Fletcher & could lead 2 vets leaving in ’13,” Marvez said via Twitter.

The second half of Marvez’s report isn’t much of an issue. The Redskins have been moving in a younger direction and that would likely have continued whether or not they were docked by the NFL. Most of the veterans at risk of leaving — including Alexander, whose contract expires after next season — would likely be players whose production level has dipped to a place where their departure wouldn’t create many problems. But Fletcher was crucial to the team’s defense last season and he’s been playing at a very high level for the last three years, so losing him would be a major negative for the team.

Dealing with the cap squeeze in the next two years is particularly relevant for a 37-year-old player like Fletcher. Spreading out the cap hit over many years, as they did with free agent acquisitions Pierre Garcon and Josh Morgan, is less of an option with Fletcher. There’s probably a way to get a deal done, though it may take compromise on both sides.

Fletcher would have to take a little less money and the Redskins might have to build some dead money into the end of the deal if the relationship is going to continue.

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23 Responses to “Cap penalties reportedly getting in way of London Fletcher deal”
  1. cobrala2 says: Mar 25, 2012 10:50 AM

    Fletcher is also a leader and a good man.
    Age and money are not the only factors here.

  2. jbowman374 says: Mar 25, 2012 10:51 AM

    As much as I hate the Redskins, I love London Fletcher. I hope it works out for him.

  3. hitmeimopen says: Mar 25, 2012 10:55 AM

    All this, “Boo hoo, I’m the poor Washington Redskins!” approach is well and good, but none of this would be an issue had Snyder not been so childish signing Haynesworth to that absurd deal in the first place.

  4. skinsfan4 says: Mar 25, 2012 11:08 AM

    Hitmeimopen, you should change your handle to hitmeimadumbass. The Skins played by the rules and found a creative way to make those deals. Again, all within the rules. Now the NFL wants to come back and change the rules after the fact. If this goes to court, the Skins and Cowboys will win. They are being penalized for being smarter than the other teams.

  5. leksington says: Mar 25, 2012 11:46 AM

    “found a creative way to make those deals” ~skinsfan4

    Creative?

    It was obvious to every single team (and most fans) how to make contracts that abused future salary caps.

    Why didn’t every team do it? Because they were instructed by the league not to. The hubris of Dan Snyder and Jerry Jones lead them to believe that they were above the league.

    Snyder and Jones flew too close to the sun and their wings melted. Now we have to hear from whiny skins fans like yourself about how “creative” the redskins were. Give me a break.

  6. CKL says: Mar 25, 2012 11:51 AM

    I honestly can’t believe the gall involved to penalize Wash and Dall. I’m a Pats fan, so no dog in the fight. I understand they were warned or whatever but this should have been handled internally because the central issue (collusion) MUCH bigger than any one team owner.

  7. schmitty2 says: Mar 25, 2012 11:55 AM

    I’m all for a team that wants to get younger but not being able to sign one of the biggest team leaders who also is in the top of the league in tackles while overpaying for 2 pretty unproven wr’s is highly questionable IMO

  8. ravenator says: Mar 25, 2012 11:55 AM

    He should give the redskins the bird and drive down 95 to the Ravens. At least he’ll be able to compete for a championship.

  9. jacksaysfu says: Mar 25, 2012 11:58 AM

    Even though it pains me to admit it (Eagles fan) , Fletcher is still a force at 37 & the Redskins need him as the leader of the Defense . Also , although i smile ear to ear whenever something bad happens to the Skins & Cowboys , they should not have been punished for being creative in an un-capped year , even if they all had a gentlemans agreement. You can’t approve contracts & then punish teams .

  10. yaytaco says: Mar 25, 2012 11:59 AM

    “They are being penalized for being smarter than the other teams.”
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    Haha, right skinsfan4. When I think about the last 10 years of football I think:
    “Golly, I wish the Redskins and Cowboys would stop outsmarting everybody.”

    They might win a court case on this, but I assure it’s not because they ‘outsmarted’ other teams. Really the penalty will help prohibit them from making yet ANOTHER stupid decision.

  11. thraiderskin says: Mar 25, 2012 12:38 PM

    I’m with the Eagle’s fan on this, you can’t okay something, then turn around and penalize the team. Everyone says “boo hoo,” but let’s be honest, this is a massive blow to the Redskins, nearly debilitating. It might be possible for some teams to survive such a cap hit, but the Redskins actually spend their money, while not always wisely. So I appologize to all the “Skins are Cheaters” out there, but you are probably fans of franchise, who regularly don’t spend in an attempt to get better. We may not be good at it, but atleast our team/owner are tries to compete.

  12. kliplee says: Mar 25, 2012 12:57 PM

    leksington says:
    Why didn’t every team do it? Because they were instructed by the league not to. The hubris of Dan Snyder and Jerry Jones lead them to believe that they were above the league.

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    except for that part about the league approving the contracts and all.

  13. evomike06 says: Mar 25, 2012 1:05 PM

    As a Skins fan I think the reason Fletch hasn’t signed any where else is because he wants to come back to wash, and is trying to hold out and see what happends with this cap for them before he leaves and finishes his career somewhere else. With the grievance they filed, I wouldnt expect fletch to sign any where else until he knows he won’t get what hes asking in the next two years. Hes a loyal guy.

  14. jbcommonsense says: Mar 25, 2012 1:09 PM

    London is the man, and probably will be until he’s 40. Sue the league or get an injunction if necessary, but get it done.

  15. burgandyandgoldfan says: Mar 25, 2012 1:22 PM

    Go sign #59!

  16. leksington says: Mar 25, 2012 1:42 PM

    leksington says:
    Why didn’t every team do it? Because they were instructed by the league not to. The hubris of Dan Snyder and Jerry Jones lead them to believe that they were above the league.

    =-=-=-=-=-=-=-=
    kliplee says:
    except for that part about the league approving the contracts and all.

    =-=-=-=-=-=-=-=

    except for that part about the league warning them at least 6 times not to abuse the uncapped year.

  17. bluntsmokinskinsfan says: Mar 25, 2012 1:54 PM

    Gotta resign fletcher. Good guy, good player, good leader. Perry Reilly is good but e isnt respected like fletcher. Also anyone complaining that the skins or cowboys abused the rules is a moron. Can u say collusion?

  18. orakpownd says: Mar 25, 2012 2:08 PM

    Once again….it sounds like alot of other teams are upset because their owners didnt do their due diligence during an uncapped year, Don’t hate on Dan and Jerruh because our owners actually spend money no matter what the W’s and L’s. Get over yourselves and give us back our money that WAS APPROVED!

  19. redskinsrt says: Mar 25, 2012 3:06 PM

    leksington says: Mar 25, 2012 11:46 AM

    “found a creative way to make those deals” ~skinsfan4

    Creative?

    It was obvious to every single team (and most fans) how to make contracts that abused future salary caps.

    Why didn’t every team do it? Because they were instructed by the league not to. The hubris of Dan Snyder and Jerry Jones lead them to believe that they were above the league.

    Snyder and Jones flew too close to the sun and their wings melted. Now we have to hear from whiny skins fans like yourself about how “creative” the redskins were. Give me a break.

    —————————–

    The OWNERS opted out so they took full responsibility of a capless season. Some took advantage by ousting some contracts of players that likely weren’t coming back.. when you CHOOSE the action you must be prepared for the outcome. This is business, you know, for adults. But you guys sound like teenage girls who got drunk, knocked up, and want to blame it on everyone else. The owners must take responsibility for their actions. We were all mostly on the sides of the players when the owners wanted a bigger cut.. and now you want to blame the owners who don’t mind giving money to the players? And in DC ticket prices yet again aren’t rising. So what’s the problem muchacho?

  20. rg3isvictory says: Mar 25, 2012 9:36 PM

    Skinz take a hit two, three and four times when you
    Consider this mostly due to Fat Albert’s contract! Seem more absurd that the Skinz got penalized for something they had already penalized themselves on game after game. Truth is Mara might have slipped up here in an attempt to “bring justice” by only penalizing teams in his division. I would be surprised if he is removed or willfully steps down as head of the committee. Peyton Manning and bounty gate are the only things keeping this from blowing up in Mara and Goodells faces. Oh, and the fact that espn doesnt report news unless it’s forced. D Smith also looks like a jackal.

  21. clw1906 says: Mar 26, 2012 12:35 AM

    kliplee why even respond to leksington? It’s a waste of time. Any fan of the NFL can’t possibly think collusion is a good thing for the game. Anyone with common sense knows you can’t legally enforce salary cap rules when there’s no CBA. By reading his comments it’s obvious he has no clue.
     

  22. inishul says: Mar 26, 2012 4:36 AM

    ravenator says:
    Mar 25, 2012 11:55 AM
    He should give the redskins the bird and drive down 95 to the Ravens. At least he’ll be able to compete for a championship.

    ————————————————————

    Baltimore is North of DC

  23. gutmeister says: Mar 26, 2012 5:50 PM

    leksington says:
    Why didn’t every team do it? Because they were instructed by the league not to. The hubris of Dan Snyder and Jerry Jones lead them to believe that they were above the league.

    =-=-=-=-=-=-=-=
    kliplee says:
    except for that part about the league approving the contracts and all.

    =-=-=-=-=-=-=-=
    leksington says:
    except for that part about the league warning them at least 6 times not to abuse the uncapped year.
    =-=-=-=-=-=-=-=

    Except for the part where the league STILL APPROVED THEM. Had to pass all owners and members of the board. Ugh. You can’t OK it now just to punish someone later.

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