The Washington Redskins have another dilemma this offseason other than the health of franchise quarterback Robert Griffin III. Longtime ILB London Fletcher has to decide whether or not to continue his career or retire. If Fletcher does in fact retire, the Redskins will have to figure out how to replace him. No easy task, to be sure.
One option for filling Fletcher’s spot is already in-house, and could end up being the best solution. Lorenzo Alexander is an impending free agent, and he’s done a superb job for the Redskins lining up at a number of positions on defense, as well as playing some special teams. The trick is going to be re-signing Alexander to a new deal.
The Redskins have begun some negotiations with Alexander, but nothing has been signed as of yet.
“They offered me a deal but obviously at this point I’m not going to jump into it and sign right away,” Alexander told the Washington Examiner. “There’s a lot of stuff going on. At this point we’ll play the waiting game and be patient and see what’s the best thing to do for myself and my family. Hopefully that’s with the Redskins. I don’t expect them to outbid anybody but from what I’ve done and sacrificed and what I’ve earned on the field, obviously that’s going to bring a certain dollar amount. There will be interest from other teams. But you really know when free agency starts what your value is.”
Essentially it sounds like what Alexander is saying is that he’s willing to take a little less to stay with Washington, but they can’t be out of the ballpark.
The Redskins are still dealing with the cap penalties that were imposed on them last season, and they have a lot of other roster moves to consider before they go hard into making better offers to Alexander, not to mention they are still waiting for a final decision from London Fletcher as to his future. If Fletcher decides not to retire, they’ll have to take a hard look at his contract and the hit that will put on their cap.
It’s a case of one thing waiting on another to happen before a third thing can occur for the Redskins, and all of it leaves them in a precarious position when trying to decide on who could end up being a cap sacrifice in 2013, and who could be a viable replacement for one of their best defenders.