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London Fletcher Highlights/Leonard Davis And Fisher Taking Physicals

(Update: Fisher just left for his medical testing about 15 minutes after Davis did).

I had to ask London - who was clearly thrilled to be here and had a huge smile on his face throughout the entire press conference - about his name. Last season he changed to Fletcher-Baker, but as I've been writing, he just wants to be called London Fletcher.

I asked him about the process with this name and he said it "was an homahe to his father and grandfather." His grandfather passed away last season and Fletcher was glad he honored him. In the course of explaining the situation, Fletcher actually got confused himself and said "just go with Baker now." Indeed, it can get confusing. But in the next breath he explained he wanted to be called Fletcher.

Got all that?. Bottom line, he has mad love and respect for his pops and grandpops, but call the man London Fletcher.

Also said he can't wait to get back to work with GW. Gregg spoke to him at 3 am Friday morning and was on the owner's plane at 9 am that morning in Cleveland to pick him up. He has learned to love the tough love that Gregg and his staff dole out, but with Williams in a position to woo him now, was spared any verbal abuse this weekend. There was little question about this one getting done, though, because Williams told Fletcher during that 3 am call "I guarnatee you you'll need a suit."

This guy is a true stand up guy and hardcore football player from everything I have heard. No one can predict how it will go here, if he will remains as amaxingly durable as he has been and how well he will play once he's 32, 33 or 34. But he is a class individual and someone Williams, Gray, Saunders, Danny Smith all know very, very well and there was a tremendous amount of support from the staff to make this move.

By Jason La Canfora  |  March 3, 2007; 3:31 PM ET
 
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Comments

Man, please tell me we are not signing either of these guys!!!!

I live in the STl and all of the fans here hate Fischer, they say he's fats but thats about it!!! He's always hurt and is known only for grabbing people down field!!! And L. Davis, he isnt coming cheap and he sucks!!!

Posted by: Inigo Montoya | March 3, 2007 3:46 PM | Report abuse

Williams to his cohorts: "We're getting the band back together!"

Posted by: LH | March 3, 2007 3:47 PM | Report abuse

Yo soy nerveoso about this fischer dude....we better def keep springs if we sign him......

I am officially way pro London Bridges...

Davis....ugh...cant we sign a hungry back up from someone?! NO HEAD CASES!

Posted by: chris larry | March 3, 2007 3:48 PM | Report abuse

Physicals are a bad sign if you don't want them. I perosnally want neither of these guys.

Posted by: cdubb | March 3, 2007 3:48 PM | Report abuse

Fisher played with Asante Samuel at Central Florida.

He's actually a pretty decent CB, but has durability issues...

Posted by: Chuck Deezee | March 3, 2007 3:50 PM | Report abuse

We really just need to let these two guys walk.

Fisher sound like another one of double G moves. Damn I really don't like him.

Posted by: jm220 | March 3, 2007 3:51 PM | Report abuse

Anyone watch or listen to the London Fletcher PC? this guy is excited to be here and is going to be a stud!!! I was also reading some stuff from a Bills message board and they have nothing but good things to say about our new MLB!

Posted by: Inigo Montoya | March 3, 2007 3:52 PM | Report abuse

"Let'em walk, fischer aint no ball hawk!"

Posted by: chris larry | March 3, 2007 3:52 PM | Report abuse

G.G. "Jake" Williams - hopefully they will change the name to the Bruise Brothers.

Posted by: The Mole | March 3, 2007 3:53 PM | Report abuse

PC for Fletcher up on redskins.com

Posted by: Inigo Montoya | March 3, 2007 3:54 PM | Report abuse

No INTS since 2004 for Fisher...sounds like the perfect manboobs defender

Posted by: chris larry | March 3, 2007 3:54 PM | Report abuse

I see London, I see France, I see a diminishing playoff chance!

Actually, I'm willing to eat my words on London Fletcher. But, a 32 year old linebacker? Hmmmmm.

As for Smoot and the corners...anything is better than the crew from last season! Yikes!

Posted by: P Diddy | March 3, 2007 3:57 PM | Report abuse

I still think that trading away a second rounder for a RFA is a bad idea. See how bad it sucks this year when we have so many needs and can't address them through the draft? Besides, I think we'll be much better in the d backfield if we just get a pass rush and some run support from linebackers.

Posted by: 'Canes Fan (not Miami) | March 3, 2007 3:57 PM | Report abuse

Chris Larry, LFB had 4 ints last year and 2 TDs!!!

P. diddy, he's 32 but hasnt missed a play... ever.

Posted by: Inigo Montoya | March 3, 2007 4:00 PM | Report abuse

Inigo...quitting bouncing around to 18 diffrent message boards/blogs!!!!

I said FISCHER!!!!

Posted by: chris larry | March 3, 2007 4:02 PM | Report abuse

From ESPN about Babineaux (S from Sea) the RFA...

BTW, a grade of 64 means they grade him as a good backup. Don't think we should give up a second round draft pick. That would make NO SENSE to me...


2006 Scouting Report - Scouts Inc.
Grade: 64 | Key
Alert: None

Comment:
Babineaux is big, strong and versatile. He can play some safety and has good special teams value. He has a very good feel for the game for a small-college product. He excels in zone and off coverages. He has improved his pass coverage techniques, but he is at his best reading keys and closing forward on three-step throws. He takes good angles to ball carriers after the catch. He is a physical hitter and dependable tackler. He has improved his ball skills, will high-point balls and can get a hand in to dig the ball out after the catch. He excels in run support, attacking the line and leveraging the runner back toward his help. He will fight off blocks to make tackles in space. But Babineaux has some athletic limitations at cornerback. He lacks top speed and foot quickness. He is a little high-cut and stiff in the hips. He shows some wasted motion when flipping on vertical routes.

Posted by: 'Canes Fan (not Miami) | March 3, 2007 4:02 PM | Report abuse

Like I said, totally willing to eat my words on the guy. I really hope I'm wrong.

Posted by: P Diddy | March 3, 2007 4:02 PM | Report abuse

BTW, it was at 32 that I began to get tendinitis in my drinking hand. Now, they only bring me in for nickel situations. Old age, that ill layer-up of beauty, can do no more spoil upon my face...

Posted by: P Diddy | March 3, 2007 4:04 PM | Report abuse

To all you Idiots who post without doing your homework for the last time!!!

Fletcher will make 13 mill the next 2 yrs! Ill say it only one more time!!
FLETCHER WILL MAKE 13 MILL THE NEXT 2 YRS!

Did you idiot football expert wannabees get that???????????????????6.5 a yr

Posted by: Pay attention!!!! | March 3, 2007 4:04 PM | Report abuse

6.5M may seem like a lot, but think of it in terms of percentage of the overall cap. 6.5M of 109M is roughly 6% of the overall cap number. I suspect (though do not know) that 6.5% is totally in-line with the market value of your starting MLB.

Posted by: P Diddy | March 3, 2007 4:07 PM | Report abuse

I hope the LF works out. I have reservations about the age. Yes, I realize he's been durable throughout his career.

BTW, anyone know / remember how this contract for him compares to what we would have been paying for Pierce, had we kept him???

Posted by: 'Canes Fan (not Miami) | March 3, 2007 4:08 PM | Report abuse

Oh, and I should add, it's not the amount these guys are getting paid that should be disconcerting to fans, but instead it's who they're signing. Bad free agents (like Lloyd and Archuleta) are bad decisions, period. As long as they sign the right guys, they can pay them a stalk of celery or a pile of gold ingot, for all I care.

Posted by: P Diddy | March 3, 2007 4:09 PM | Report abuse

Chris Larry,

My bad.

On a side note who is Pay attention yelling at???

Posted by: Inigo Montoya | March 3, 2007 4:10 PM | Report abuse

Instead of wasting your time bashing people you don't know up here, provide a better alternative for MLB we could use next year.

Or do you prefer to leave an ill suited outside backer like Lemar in there so we can get run all over again.

Posted by: cdubb | March 3, 2007 4:10 PM | Report abuse

Been trying to keep up with the new posts ... and this place has been overrun with RI hamsters ... and Cali and Cartagena are selling their crappy stuff at Archuleta/Dockery prices.

The most insightful line in here was about Williams telling Fletcher to bring a suit. THIS is what's going on this year at Redskins Park ... $nyder was heavy into the Chinese Yuan and is going to be paying the lawyers more and players less (hoping the Poston Bros. get unsuspended soon).

For football, esp. Skins football, its all good. Its been fascinating to me to watch real world economic markets at work since the franchise tagging period started. The thing that is most interesting is how quickly the NFL market for players has changed -- and how quickly we've been able to watch it develop -- since the new CBA started playing itself out.

Posted by: dcsween | March 3, 2007 4:10 PM | Report abuse

My last unspoken commentary on the (late of the Redskins) Mr. Dockery:

"For days, Chargers general manager A.J. Smith was dreading an expected phone call that guard Kris Dielman was leaving for another team in free agency. As it turned out, Dielman didn't want to make that call. He decided to stay in San Diego.

Dielman shunned a more lucrative offer from the Seattle Seahawks and a few other teams to stay with the Chargers. Dielman agreed to a six-year, $39 million deal with the Chargers that had $17 million in guarantees. The Seahawks were willing to pay more. So were the Cleveland Browns. So were other teams.

But Dielman wanted to stay on a 14-2 team. He woke up in Seattle on Saturday morning and before a breakfast meeting with the Seahawks, he instructed his agent, Mike McCartney, to get a deal done with the Chargers. McCartney scrambled and got him $17 million in guarantees. "

It's not always about the money.

Posted by: The Mole | March 3, 2007 4:11 PM | Report abuse

'Canes Fan,

You make a good point, but only if you buy into Scouts, Inc. I don't personally, but you might.

Remember also that CBs come into their own after a few years in the league--anyone who watched Champ during his 3rd year in DC compared to last year could tell you that.

I don't think Babineaux is going to leave SEA, but the point is that the 'Skins might want to cast a wider net than they are.

Posted by: Will | March 3, 2007 4:11 PM | Report abuse

And now for some really disgusting rumor/news:

POSTED 2:40 p.m. EST, March 3, 2007

DAVIS WANTS BIG MONEY

Word on the NFL street is that free-agent offensive lineman Leonard "Big" Davis, the No. 2 overall pick in the 2001 draft, is looking for $23 million in guaranteed money.

We're told that the request was made during a visit by Davis to the Cowboys.

Consequently, the visit was a short one.

Hey, if the guy was that good, the Cardinals' line wouldn't have been so bad. And the Cards would have used some of their staggering cap surplus to keep him.

Next up for Davis is the Redskins. But if they weren't ready to pay Derrick Dockery, why would they pay Davis? (profootballtalk.com)

Redskins FO - PLEASE DO NOT SIGN THIS GUY!!!

Posted by: The Mole | March 3, 2007 4:14 PM | Report abuse

Good point on the percentages of the salary cap Diddy. Another example why I think we should be keeping Shawn Springs.

Posted by: cdubb | March 3, 2007 4:15 PM | Report abuse

NEW POST FROM JASON

Posted by: Anonymous | March 3, 2007 4:15 PM | Report abuse

It's not always about the money.

Posted by: The Mole | March 3, 2007 04:11 PM

Mole, you are right. It's not always about the money; but it IS about the economic power to make those decisions. So far, 2007 is a year for the players ... and note how $nyder is leading the way in a hunker down year for the owners.

Posted by: dcsween | March 3, 2007 4:18 PM | Report abuse

Will,

I don't know Babineaux (hadn't heard of him) so I have to rely on something, thus the Scouts Inc thing. May have made a couple of big plays, but doesn't seem like he's any better than what we have here already.

Now that being said, I fully agree that I hope the skins are looking at more than Fisher for DB. No doubt. Fisher seems like another re-tread DB that we have seemed to bring in over the past several years (while letting some decent / outstanding players go)....

Posted by: 'Canes Fan (not Miami) | March 3, 2007 4:24 PM | Report abuse

Anyone have thoughts about Timmerman who was released by the Rams? Might be old, but might be affordable / servicable....

Posted by: 'Canes Fan (not Miami) | March 3, 2007 4:27 PM | Report abuse

DC -

The players who aren't UFAs this year must be going crazy. There's no way there will be this much available FA money next year, and everyone is going to want their "fair share" based on this year's escalation. It has the potential to get really ugly.

As an exercise in the power of the free market, this is all pretty humorous to me. My major was economics at UM. (Go Terps!)

Posted by: The Mole | March 3, 2007 4:28 PM | Report abuse

Than Davis, that is, for O line / guard....

Posted by: 'Canes Fan (not Miami) | March 3, 2007 4:28 PM | Report abuse

Jason,
You might want to edit your post. You said "made love" instead of "mad love". You don't want London Fletcher to kick you ass, do you?

Posted by: anonymous | March 3, 2007 4:56 PM | Report abuse

Jason,
You might want to edit your post. You said "made love" instead of "mad love". You don't want London Fletcher to kick you ass, do you?

Posted by: anonymous | March 3, 2007 4:58 PM | Report abuse

'Canes Fan,

I'm with ya. For that matter, I can't imagine Rogers having as bad a year as he did last season. I can just imagine the panic on the sideline when Prioleau went down against the Vikings...

Posted by: Will | March 3, 2007 5:19 PM | Report abuse

'Canes Fan,

I'm with you. For that matter, I can't imagine Rogers having as bad a year as he did last season. I can just imagine the panic on the sideline when Prioleau went down against the Vikings...

Posted by: Will | March 3, 2007 5:19 PM | Report abuse

McCartney scrambled and got him $17 million in guarantees. "

It's not always about the money.

Posted by: The Mole | March 3, 2007 04:11 PM

yeah right. He wouldn't have stayed in SD for 5 million. You mean - it's not always about squeezing as many millions as you can.

Posted by: charlie | March 3, 2007 5:25 PM | Report abuse

annonymous - thanks for having my back. you da man (or woman).

Posted by: Jason La Canfora | March 3, 2007 5:40 PM | Report abuse

Homahe? Homage?

Posted by: worstSeat | March 3, 2007 7:45 PM | Report abuse

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