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London Fletcher Not Considering Retirement

The middle linebacker again is entering the final year of his contract, and at 38 years old, it’s worth considering whether he’s playing in his final season in the NFL.


RICHMOND – Despite entering the final year of his contract, London Fletcher said Wednesday he hasn’t given any consideration to this being his final year with the Redskins or in the NFL.


“You know, really, in the National Football League, you’re always on the last year of your contract, for the most part,” Fletcher said. “It’s just the nature of the business. I’ve scratched and clawed my whole career. I came in as an undrafted free agent [with the Rams in 1998], so I was on the last year of my contract 16 years ago, if you really think about it.

“It’s not something that I spend a lot of time with. I’m focused on this season and you know, letting that – that’s pretty much it. The rest will take care of itself.”

Fletcher signed a five-year, $10.75 million contract before last season, but for salary cap purposes, it will void when the league year ends in March.

The 38-year-old linebacker has been the speculation of retirement rumors for each of the past three years, but he has continued to play at a high level, making the Pro Bowl each of the last four years.

He said his durability is the result of having good genes, but also “dumb toughness, too.”

“It’s just something where you get up every day and go to work and don’t think about it,” Fletcher said. “That’s pretty much how I go about my business – I get up every day, go to work and don’t think about the durability part until somebody brings it up. I feel good.”