by Chris Lingebach

WASHINGTON (CBSDC) — London Fletcher says he’s 99 percent certain he’ll retire from the NFL following the 2013 season.

The team announced via Twitter Wednesday that a major player announcement would be made.

Moments before the scheduled 1:30 p.m. announcement time, Fletch — always early, and the ever-professional he is — stepped up to the podium and announced this would likely be his final year with the Redskins and as an NFL player.

“I”m about 99 percent certain that this will be my last season in the National Football League,” Fletcher said.

He’s spent the last seven of his 16 seasons in the NFL as a Washington Redskin, all the while being a highly respected veteran and looked upon as a leader in the locker room.

“Just thought with this being the final home game, this being Dallas Cowboy week; opportunity to go out on a bang, get the fans riled up, say thank you to them and beat the Cowboys,” Fletcher said. “What better way to end it?”

“I really wanted to help Perry Riley develop a little more,” Fletcher said of his decision to return this season. He says he now feels like Riley is no longer in need of his guidance.

Fletcher also stated his belief that the team should bring back Mike Shanahan for the 2014 season, adding that the one thing that’s been missing in Dan Snyder’s 14 seasons owning the Redskins franchise has been the consistency of having the same head coach.

“As I look at the current situation, I think coach Shanahan is definitely the right guy,” Fletcher said [read more about that here]. “I think Mr. Snyder would be wise to let him see things through.”


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