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Bruce Allen: ‘We Want Our Captain Back’

Posted by Brian Tinsman on February 6, 2012 – 3:00 pm

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Now that the final game of the 2011 season has been played, the Redskins can officially begin to prepare for the 2012 NFL season.

And when it comes to offseason plans and roster composition, the Redskins brass has a history of playing its hand close to the chest.  Who stays, who comes and who goes are all a matter of the utmost secrecy.

Except when it comes to their desire to retain linebacker London Fletcher.

Fletcher has been everything the Redskins could have wanted, since joining the team as a free agent in 2007.  He has solidified the defense as a captain and playmaker, and has embraced the city in a manner uncommon to the free agency era.

As the clock dwindled down on the final year of his contract, Fletcher expressed interest in staying with the team past this season.  Redskins head coach Mike Shanahan has echoed his interest in retaining the middle linebacker, and now general manager Bruce Allen has offered his endorsement behind getting a deal done. Read more »

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Fletcher: ‘I Embrace Being A Role Model’

Posted by Brian Tinsman on February 6, 2012 – 2:34 pm

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As I wait for my flight from Indianapolis back to Washington by way of Chicago, I have quite a lot of overdue Redskins material to share from Super Bowl week.

The 2011 Redskins may be defined by their 5-11 record, but there were many tributes to the Redskins throughout the week, perhaps none greater than the one paid to Redskins patriarch London Fletcher.  On Saturday morning, Fletcher was bestowed with the Bart Starr award at the NFL sanctioned Super Bowl Breakfast.

I’ve written extensively about London Fletcher in recent weeks, and rightly so.  Fletcher is the face of the defense–the face of the franchise–and a super star on and off the field.  If you aren’t touched by Fletcher’s defensive dominance on Sunday, there’s a good chance that you’ll feel his community presence on Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday.

Unlike other athletes that shirk their civic platform, Fletcher has made it a concerted effort to be a man of the fans, and he spoke on that in his acceptance speech, Saturday morning: Read more »

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