Is London Fletcher ready to retire? According to head coach Mike Shanahan, the line backer has already made a decision (Credit: AP Photo)
During this off-season, Washington Redskins line backer London Fletcher has reportedly said he is unsure if he wants to return for his 16th NFL season. Now, those comments are not sitting well with head coach Mike Shanahan who is beginning to wonder if the team will need to search for a new linebacker for 2013.
Shanahan recently told a Washington Redskins website that once a player starts to contemplate retirement, they have already made a decision about their future and while he is not sure if Fletcher has made a decision, he believes he knows the answer.
“I really don’t know. One thing you have to do is, you’ve got to have a mindset that there’s no way you’re going to retire,” Shanahan said, via Dan Steinberg of the Washington Post. “Because if you’re thinking about retirement, you’re not really sure – at least when I look at my previous years, and you look back at guys — if you’re thinking about retiring, you’re probably already retired.”
“London’s the type of guy that you don’t even want to ask him a question,” Shanahan said. “Because his mindset, he’s a warrior, how hard he’s played and what he’s done for this organization. But all those those things, you’ve got to have a game plan for if he does come back, if he doesn’t come back. You’re taking a look at your financial responsibilities, if you do have the hit that we may take. You just don’t know. So we’ve got a game plan for all scenarios, but you always hope that your great players keep on playing at a high level.”
Although Shanahan believes he already knows that Fletcher is going to retire, there are plenty of examples of players who contemplate retirement only to return. Tony Gonzalez is a recent example of this and you could find dozens of players over the last few years that have thought about retiring only to return.
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