Moss possibly playing last game with Washington

While almost all of the focus at Redskins Park this month has

been on whether coach Mike Shanahan will return for the fifth and

final year of his contract, seven of the nine current players who

preceded him in Washington could also be wearing burgundy and gold

for the final time during Sunday’s game at the New York Giants.

The list includes four-time Pro Bowl inside linebacker London

Fletcher, who said earlier this month that he’s ”99 percent”

certain that he’ll retire after 16 seasons; receiver Santana Moss,

who’s third in franchise history in catches behind only Hall of

Famers Art Monk and Charley Taylor; three-time Pro Bowl cornerback

DeAngelo Hall; and two-time Pro Bowl outside linebacker Brian

Orakpo.

”I don’t like to even talk about it,” said Moss, who arrived

in March 2005 in a trade with the New York Jets and has been in

Washington longer than any current Redskin although he’s now a

backup. ”It’s nothing I can control. Every time you get a chance

to showcase your ability, that’s your opportunity to go out there

and leave the viewers with an everlasting thought of you.”

Moss, who ranks ninth among receivers with 720 catches, will be

35 in June. Unlike the 38-year-old Fletcher, Moss deflected any

questions about retirement.

”It’s been a beautiful experience, but I’m not trying to have

that conversation right now,” Moss said. ”You do that somewhere

down the road. All I’m thinking about right now is the

Giants.”

Retirement certainly hasn’t crossed Hall’s mind since he just

turned 30 last month although this is his 10th NFL season.

Hall, who was cut by the Redskins for salary cap reasons last

winter only to re-sign for less money, is a Virginia native and

would like to remain in Washington.

”I haven’t even thought about next year,” said Hall, who was

signed off waivers from Oakland in November 2008. ”It might start

to kick in the locker room after the game or on the plane on the

way home. I’ll cross that path when I get to it. I’ve had a lot of

ups and a lot of downs here, but it’s been a heck of a ride.”

Unlike Hall, Moss and Fletcher, who arrived as a free agent from

Buffalo in 2007, Orakpo has yet to test his value in the

marketplace. He has 10 sacks in the last year of the contract he

signed as the 13th overall selection in the 2009 draft.

”Once the game’s over with, then there will be a kind of

realization of what’s at hand,” said Orakpo, who didn’t practice

again on Thursday because of the right groin he strained early

during the fourth quarter of last Sunday’s 24-23 loss to archrival

Dallas in the home finale.

The other unsigned long-time Redskins are strong safety Reed

Doughty, former starting tight end Fred Davis, and reserve outside

linebacker Rob Jackson, who sealed last year’s NFC East

title-clinching victory with a late interception of Dallas

quarterback Tony Romo.

If all seven veterans depart, backup defensive end Kedric

Golston and center Will Montgomery would be the only remaining

players who were with Washington before Shanahan’s hiring in

January 2010.

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