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5 years ago the Redskins signed London Fletcher to a 5 year $25 million dollar contract. I don’t think it’s a stretch to call this signing the best free agent acquisition during the Dan Snyder era. All Fletcher has done during his tenure is play in all 80 regular season games, collect 705 tackles and earn 3 Pro Bowl trips. Along the way he also was chosen as a finalist for the Walter Payton Man of the Year Award, an award to merit his off-field community and charity involvement. Somehow, he also found the time to become a reality show TV star as a judge on ‘The Voice’.

Haha, I kid about the Cee Lo Green reference, but even his teammates have seen the resemblance. In all seriousness, London Fletcher is the anti Albert Haynesworth…London Fletcher is a consummate professional. He played middle linebacker 12 seasons before making the transition to inside linebacker in the 3-4 defense. Fletcher never said a negative word about the transition and has thrived in Jim Haslett’s defense, making 2 straight Pro Bowls to go along with 302 tackles over the last 2 seasons.

Fletcher clearly hasn’t lost a step, in fact, one could argue that he’s getting better with age. London is the heart of the Redskins defense and one of the true leaders on a team that lacks leadership. In my opinion, resigning Fletcher is a must for the Redskins.

Cheers and Hail

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