Chris Thompson self-confident as free agency encroaches

Chris Lingebach
December 22, 2019 - 11:54 am

Sunday's game against the Giants, the penultimate contest in this Redskins season, could be Chris Thompson's final home game in front of Redskins fans.

That significance certainly isn't lost on the seven-year veteran, although Thompson does hold out hope for returning in 2020, with a potential Redskins backfield of himself, Adrian Peterson, Derrius Guice and Bryce Love.

"Honestly, I do feel like that can happen," Thompson told The Sports Junkies during his weekly appearance, presented by Steamfitters UA Local 602. "Just, at this point, I really don't know what's going to happen."

"I mean, I'm only 29," he said. "I'm not falling apart. I hurt my toe – I didn't break my leg or anything like that. I hurt my toe, and it just happened to linger on longer than the doctors and I expected, but I'm not done. I'm still the guy that I've been the last four years, regardless of what it may look like or some people may think. I'm still that guy.

"I can still play and I have all the confidence in myself. I'm just kind of waiting to see what happens and how everything folds out. Obviously there's a lot of things that's probably going to change – figuring out the coaching situation, all of that, cause I think when you're getting a new coach and maybe bringing some other new people in, or bringing just new staff, period, they're gonna have opinions about stuff as well, as far as who they want to keep, who they want to let go and stuff like that. So it's really just a big waiting game at this point."

These final games, against the Giants and Cowboys, respectively, still matter greatly to Thompson. They'll be his last chance to put his talents on film before free agency.

"For me it's still big. I'm just trying to go out there, the opportunities that I get, just make the best of it and just continue to make some plays," he said. "The biggest thing is obviously coming up out of it healthy. Then at that point, just kind of let everything fall where it may.

"And I know who I am, like I said, as a player, so I feel like there's gonna be some need and teams may have some value out there for me. And who knows? I may end up coming back here. I don't know. This is my first time being in this situation, so it's kind of hard to talk about."

The not knowing part has been a source of anxiety for Thompson.

"It is. Just thinking about it week to week, it's like, this week could be my last home game playing here and I've been here for seven years," Thompson said. "It's those type of things that I think about, because I love being here with these players, the fans and everything. It's tough, but that's the part of the business that sucks."