Shanahan: No pay cut for Fletcher

Shanahan: No pay cut for Fletcher
March 12, 2013, 2:00 pm
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As the Redskins seek out ways to create space under their penalty-reduced salary cap, the team has restructured some players’ contracts and cut the salary of others. 

London Fletcher, though, is one player the Redskins won’t ask to accept less money next season, according to Coach Mike Shanahan. The 37-year-old linebacker is due to count $6.2 million against the cap in 2013, the final year of his contract.

“No, he would not be a guy that I would talk to about taking a pay cut,” Shanahan said Monday. “He is a guy that wants to pay next year and he is not thinking about retirement. He is full speed ahead.”

Fletcher, a defensive captain, led the Redskins in tackles (139) and interceptions last season (5) despite coping with a number of injuries. Earlier this month, he had surgery on his left ankle and afterward tweeted, “Prep begins now for season 16.”

“I’m excited that he is doing what he is doing to get himself ready,” Shanahan said. “When he says he’s going to get himself ready, he will be ready. So I am looking forward to him leading out football team on defense and doing the things he has done since he’s been here.”