The Buccaneers were facing tough decisions, as free agency approaches later this week. And, one player in that category was injured former Pro bowl linebacker Kwon Alexander who’s rookie contract was up at the end of 2018. Now comes word that Alexander has elected to leave Tampa Bay and head west to the San Francisco 49ers.
Kwon Alexander will sign a four-year, $54 million deal, with $27 million in rolling guarantees, per source.
— ProFootballTalk (@ProFootballTalk) March 11, 2019
Those numbers, particularly the guaranteed money, are far more than the Bucs could afford.
Earlier on Monday Alexander had apparently sent a text message to numerous of Bucs teammates essentially saying goodbye and wishing them well.
NFL Network Insider Mike Garafolo was tipped off about the text, and Alexander even responded to him:
I love free agency with all my heart pic.twitter.com/5Gxfjm3ERF
— Trevor Sikkema (@TampaBayTre) March 11, 2019
Alexander, who was injured in the first half of the October win with the Browns, is still rehabbing from a torn ACL that ended what turns out to be his final season in Tampa Bay.
A former fourth-round pick out of LSU in 2012, Alexander made the Pro Bowl in his third season in 2017 with a career high 97 tackles, 7 TFLs and three INTS.
The move makes sense for the 49ers for a couple of different reasons. One, former Buccaneer star and now San Francisco General Manager, John Lynch, it’s obviously defensive-minded. And two, the 49ers had a very public controversial parting with former 2017 second round pick Reuben Foster.
Foster was released in November after he was arrested at the team hotel in Tampa the night before playing the Bucs for domestic violence allegations against his estranged girlfriend. It was the second incident involving Foster and the girlfriend, since the 49ers had drafted him. And, Lynch and the team took a “zero-tolerance” stance on the repeat charge.
As it turns out the Washington Redskins signed Foster off the waiver wire and that caused great controversy in the D.C. area. Subsequently, the charges against Foster have been dropped by the Hillsborough County State Attorney’s office.
Back to Alexander, it is believed that he will be ready to go for the start of the regular season after rehabbing his ACL, but that is obviously a fluid situation. The 49ers also play Alexander’s old team, the Bucs, at a date and time to be announced next month.
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