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
”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
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
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