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London Fletcher leaves door open for abbreviated return

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Redskins linebacker London Fletcher said recently that he’s “99 percent certain” that he’ll retire from football at the end of this season.

On Thursday, Fletcher gave some insight into what might lead to the remaining one percent winning out. Fletcher said that while it “just feels like it’s the right time” to walk away, he could be swayed by an abbreviated run with the right team.

“Like I said, it’s 99 percent. … We’ll see, man,” Fletcher said, via the Washington Post. “I’ve had a great career, 16 years. I’ve got no regrets. The likelihood — it’s highly unlikely I’ll play another 16 games somewhere. That ain’t happening. But if it’s a team maybe 10, eight ballgames left, six ballgames left and it’s the right opportunity, maybe. But I’m happy with the way my career has gone.”

It’s impossible to predict if such a situation might surface next season, but we’ve seen many examples of a team losing a key player in the second half of the season look for some kind of veteran help to patch the hole. Fletcher would fit that bill in 2014, which will leave the door slightly ajar unless he decides to slam it shut in the interim.

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10 Responses to “London Fletcher leaves door open for abbreviated return”
  1. monstersofthemidway545051 says: Dec 27, 2013 12:42 PM

    Want to play for Da Bears in a meaningful game Sunday? We could use you.

  2. twilson962 says: Dec 27, 2013 12:46 PM

    Cmon Fletch, don’t Farve-up this retirement.

  3. slugbaitspace says: Dec 27, 2013 12:59 PM

    It’s understandable that he would want to leave a train wreck caused by a dumpster fire.

    It’s also understandable that he would want the “right opportunity” with six games left…translation: he wouldn’t need to play until Week 15 or so for a Super Bowl contender.

    It’s a bit more drastic than how Favre use to approach the following season(s) after “retiring”, but hey…

  4. ingraven says: Dec 27, 2013 1:11 PM

    Don’t ruin your retirement London. Just go. You were a great player.

  5. tikisays says: Dec 27, 2013 1:39 PM

    Dick Butkis says he’s available for a few games also!!. C’mon enough’s enough retire already-no-0ne from the NFC east really cares!!.

  6. halfie6 says: Dec 27, 2013 1:47 PM

    Wouldn’t the Redskins first have to release him from the reserved-retired list before he could sign with a different team for a stretch run next season? Or is he really saying that he’s going to wait and see if the Skins get better before deciding to put his body on the line again?

  7. stunzeed5 says: Dec 27, 2013 1:51 PM

    why not just retire on top? No greater honor than retiring a Redskin….

  8. halfie6 says: Dec 27, 2013 1:53 PM

    Wait, nevermind. I just remembered he’s a free agent after this season. Please ignore the above post.

  9. vontazemebro says: Dec 27, 2013 5:04 PM

    London Fletcher. Patriot? You betcha.

  10. haileysbadoldad says: Dec 28, 2013 12:31 PM

    I love London he’s been a great middle linebacker for us, but his time has come. He can no longer cover, can’t get the edge, and somehow misses tackles now. Ride of I to the sunset Cap

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