Redskins linebacker London Fletcher told NFL Network on Tuesday morning that he intends to spend the next few weeks evaluating whether he’ll return for a 16th season.
“It’s really now about seeing if I can get myself physically ready to play at the level that I would like to play,” Fletcher said. “Some guys talk about [how] they’ll play ‘until the wheels fall off.’ I have zero desire to do that. I want to play to the level I’m used to playing.”
Fletcher started all 16 games for the NFC East champions and made a career-high five interceptions. But soon-to-be 38-year-old also played through a litany of injuries, ranging from balance issues to a hamstring strain and a sprained ankle.
Fletcher said there is no deadline for a decision and that the Redskins are not putting any pressure on him to make one. It should also be noted that since the end of the season, Fletcher has made in-studio appearances for ESPN and NFL Network, perhaps hinting at a desire to transition into a career in television after football – whenever he does hang up the cleats.
“I’m still getting myself physically back ready,” Fletcher said, referring to the process of deciding his future. “I start training in a couple of weeks, then I’ll go from there and see, ‘Can I do it at the level I want to do it at?’”
If Fletcher returns, he’ll continue building on his consecutive game streak that currently stands at 240. It’s tied with Tampa Bay’s Ronde Barber for most among active players.
That streak, however, nearly came to an end in October, Fletcher conceded.
“It was very close to an end, probably [in] the Pittsburgh game,” Fletcher said. “I had a hamstring strain. The night before the game, Coach [Mike] Shanahan and I talked. He said, ‘I’m thinking about not playing you.’ His gut feeling was telling him not to play me.’”
In the end, Fletcher lined up for all 62 snaps on defense in a 27-12 loss at Heinz Field.