It looks like the long-anticipated return of London Fletcher to the Redskins might actually be just around the corner.
Jason La Canfora of the NFL Network reports that Fletcher and the team are working hard to get a contract done in time for Fletcher to participate in the start of the team’s offseason program on Monday. The start of workouts seem to have energized talks that haven’t gone anywhere despite open desire for a return on both sides of the table. There have been reports that the cap penalties imposed on the Redskins were hindering things, but it seems they’ve found a breakthrough.
Fletcher has been Washington’s defensive leader for the last five years and a failure to bring him back would leave a big hole on the field and in the locker room. Similarly, Fletcher is comfortable with his role in Washington and, at 37, probably isn’t looking to complicate his life too much at this point in his career.That’s why everyone expected a deal to be reached a lot more quickly, but better late than never.
The Redskins are also working on providing some depth between Fletcher and Perry Riley. Chris Russell of ESPN 980 Radio reports that they visited with former Giants middle linebacker Jonathan Goff. Goff missed last season with a torn ACL, but he was a starter in 2010 and would give the Redskins a good reserve option in 2012.