WASHINGTON (CBSDC) — A tweet from Hugh Douglas announcing London Fletcher had signed a new deal sent Washington Redskins fans into a frenzy Thursday afternoon.
Their euphoria would be short lived.
Douglas, a two-time Pro Bowl defensive end who retired following the 2004 season, tweeted of a chance encounter with Fletcher at the Orlando Airport.
In less than 140 characters, Douglas congratulated his friend for reaching a new agreement.
News of the deal spread like wildfire among fans and media tried frantically to confirm the linebacker had reached a new agreement.
However, no such deal was in place.
A short time later with the flames already fanned, Douglas announced the announcement was premature.
The Redskins have routinely stated re-signing the veteran linebacker is a priority. The have made no secret of how much they want him back on the team.
However, the salary cap adjustments levied against the franchise are likely hampering their ability to get a deal done.
Fletcher, who has been relatively quiet on Twitter of late, also cleared up the situation.
He also joked Douglas had been reckless.
Douglas was a first-round draft pick of the New York Jets in 1995. He also spent time with the Philadelphia Eagles and Jacksonville Jaguars during his 10-year NFL career.