Redskins Linebacker London Fletcher Leaves Offseason Discontent Behind in Pursuit of Wins

Redskins linebacker London Fletcher has played 11 pro seasons. He's led his team in tackles 10 times. He's never been chosen for the Pro Bowl.
Redskins linebacker London Fletcher has played 11 pro seasons. He's led his team in tackles 10 times. He's never been chosen for the Pro Bowl. (By Jonathan Newton -- The Washington Post)
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By Rick Maese
Washington Post Staff Writer
Thursday, August 20, 2009

Even though London Fletcher says he's hungry as ever, he isn't biting.

Whispers about unhappiness over his contract?

"I like my contract," he said.

Missing those offseason workouts?

"Was I the only one who missed one?" he asked.

And the perennial Pro Bowl snub?

"All of those individual accolades are not my focus," the veteran linebacker said. "I'm thinking about how I can help this defense and this team."

That's exactly what the Redskins like hearing from one of their most important players as the regular season creeps closer and closer. Not that they really needed to. Though Fletcher missed half the team's voluntary offseason training activities, Coach Jim Zorn says he never worried that any possible discontent would seep into training camp and the preseason.

Neither will publicly discuss the exact nature of Fletcher's brief standoff, but Zorn said he was initially concerned enough to call Fletcher.

"I wondered what was going on," Zorn said. "He said he had some personal things that he was taking care of. And it was fine. I heard what I needed to hear."

Fletcher worked out far away from Ashburn during the offseason, spending time in Arizona with Ian Danney of Performance Enhancement Professionals, the same personal trainer who helped trim down the offensive line, which included shrinking tackle Mike Williams to 337 pounds.

Fletcher has three years remaining on his contract. And though he had to watch the Redskins float big money to free agents such as DeAngelo Hall and Albert Haynesworth in the offseason, whatever was bothering him dissipated after speaking with Zorn, and Fletcher reported to Redskins Park midway through the offseason workouts.


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