by Chuck Carroll

WASHINGTON (CBSDC) — 12 Washington Redskins will become unrestricted free agents when the new league year begins Tuesday afternoon if the do not reach new agreement with the team prior to then.

Among the players on the list is veteran linebacker London Fletcher who led the NFL in tackles last season at 36-years-old.

Head coach Mike Shanahan said that re-signing Fletcher was a priority for the team. However, with less than 48 hours to go before green flag drops on free agency, no deal is in place.

“We’ve had discussions with his agent over the last month or two. We’ll see what happens,” General Manager Bruce Allen said Saturday night. “I’m not going to hide behind the fact we love London.”

But will love translate into a new contract?

“We hope he’s a Redskin,” Allen added.

Fletcher has proven to be a pillar of durability–even at his age–having not missed a start since 2001 as a member of the St. Louis Rams.

Last season he played through an ankle injury, wearing a walking boot at points during the week before suiting up on Sunday, to keep his Cal Ripken-esque consecutive starts streak intact.

Other impending defensive unrestricted free agents include defensive ends Adam Carriker and Kedric Golston, linebackers Keyaron Fox and Rocky McIntosh and safety LaRon Landry.

Impending offensive unrestricted free agents include quarterback Rex Grossman, running back Tim Hightower and wide receivers David Anderson and Donté Stallworth.

The team recently extended the contracts of offensive lineman Will Montgomery and defensive end Darrion Scott.

Per NFLPA records, both will earn base salaries of $700,000 next season.


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