PALM BEACH, Fla.--The Washington Redskins remain intent on re-signing veteran linebacker London Fletcher in free agency even though the two sides have not been able to work out a deal so far, Coach Mike Shanahan said Wednesday.
“I’ve said this from day one: London is a team leader, a great player, and we want him back,” Shanahan said.
Contract negotiations with Fletcher and his representatives have continued, according to Shanahan.
“All I can say is we want him and there are conversations ongoing,” Shanahan said at the NFC coaches’ breakfast at the annual league meeting.
Shanahan declined to directly address the issue of whether the Redskins’ salary cap hit has affected the team’s negotiations with Fletcher or other free agents.
The NFL took $36 million in salary cap space over two years from the Redskins as a penalty for the way the team structured some player contracts in 2010, when the league had no salary cap. At least half of cut must be absorbed this season.
The Redskins and the Dallas Cowboys, who lost $10 million over two years, have challenged the penalty via arbitration. Shanahan declined to comment Wednesday on the particulars of the case.