Washington Redskins: London Fletcher Announces His Return to the Redsksin

Brian FillerCorrespondent IApril 13, 2012

TORONTO, ON - OCTOBER 30: London Fletcher #59 of the Washington Redskins celebrates after interceping a pass in the end zone during NFL game action against the Buffalo Bills at Rogers Centre on October 30, 2011 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images)
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It has taken much longer than Washington fans would have liked but London Fletcher has rejoined the Washington Redskins.

London Fletcher (@LFletcher59) announced via Twitter:

"Redskins fans your captain is back! #HTTR #Resign59"

Fletcher lead the team and more notably the NFL last year with 166 tackles. Free agency had been open for exactly one month today, and fans were beginning to grow concerned that Fletcher would sign with another team.

The Redskins had planned to resign Fletcher all along but hit a road bump when they were stripped of $18 million in cap space, by the NFL. The penalty came as a result of the Redskins front loading contracts for Albert Haynesworth and DeAngelo Hall during the uncapped offseason in 2010.

Despite the recent cap struggles, the Redskins appear to have reached an agreement with their defensive captain and fan favorite. The financial terms of the deal are unavailable at this time, but it will be interesting to see how the Redskins structured the deal to fit under the cap. 

Fletcher will rejoin an underrated Redskins defense that includes pro bowl linebacker Brian Orakpo, standout rookie linebacker Ryan Kerrigan, and pro bowl corner DeAngelo Hall. The Redskins parted ways with both starting safeties this offseason (Laron Landry & OJ Atogwe) but have signed several veterans in their place (Brandon Merriweather, Madieu Williams, and Tanard Jackson).