Bucs pending free agent linebacker Kwon Alexander joined Ron Diaz and Ian Beckles in studio on WDAE 95.3/620 AM on Wednesday to talk his rehab, free agency and his love for the Tampa Bay area.

Listen below to the full interview.

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Mark Cook currently is the director of editorial content and Bucs beat writer and has written for PewterReport.com since 2011. Cook has followed the Buccaneers since 1977 when he first began watching football with his Dad and is fond of the 1979 Bucs team that came within 10 points of going to a Super Bowl. His favorite Bucs game is still the 1979 divisional playoff win 24-17 over the Eagles. In his spare time Cook enjoys playing guitar, fishing, surfing and family time at the beach. In addition, Cook can be found in front of a television or in Doak Campbell any time the FSU Seminoles are playing. Cook is a native of Pinecrest in Eastern Hillsborough County and has written for numerous publications including the Tampa Tribune, In the Field and Ya'll Magazine. Cook can be reached at [email protected]

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  1. Maybe with a home team damaged goods discount!

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  2. I love Kwon, and I think he’s one of the best. If we decide to not sign him, then we have to look at Devin White as a first round pick.

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  3. Need to sign him.

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  4. Sign ’em. If they can keep Lavonte / Kwon / Kendall on the field, that’s a solid group.

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  5. Losing Alexander would be devasting. If Beckwith cannot return, we would have to draft two LB’s early.

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    • devastating. Oops.

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  6. No thanks at 10million a year…

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  7. We will probably sign OT Smith to a massive multi-million dollar deal. And it will not pan out. We will probably lose Hump (one of the WRs Winston routinely connects with). Then we will force D. Jackson (one of the WRs Winston does not routinely connect with) to stay against his will. This could save us $10 million of cap space. We will then miscalculate and lose Kwon. Kwon will then pan out really well on a Super Bowl contending team. Sound like a Buccaneer Theme? “No risk it! No biscuit!”

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    • Is this Buc-Ass under a different name? Same miserablenegative attitude. You are comparing apples to oranges. Having to keep our LT because we have no other options and overpaying for our WR3 are 2 totally different issues. Humphries is one of my favorite guys but the reason Winston connects with him so much is more about the Slot position than it is our absolute necessity to keep him. The new staff is not going to come in and just get rid of good guys just because. Whoever has to unfortunately go will be because we actually have to come up with some money for the first time in forever and hard choices based on ACL injuries and 3rd on the depth chart may have to be made. But let’s hope they can hang on to as many of them as possible…

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      • Sorry that I speak the inconvenient truth. You must have not been a BUCs fan for too long. I see the off-season wishful thinking in your writing. Maybe Arians turns it around… maybe? But let’s be real. Most of the BUCs records of been 6-10 or worst over the last fifteen years. I see routine failures made during the off-season over who to retain and who to let go. Tis’ the season for BUCs fans to over sell and over hype (To just wanna believe BABY!!!). You can have the most powerful draft, but if you create a series of new holes to fill that draft only has a certain impact. Last year’s draft was a near disaster. Going into last year the RB position was of critical importance. Mysteriously it still is, what happened to the running back from round 2? Going into last year’s off-season the RG position was wide open. It still is. Going into last year’s off-season the entire defensive back field needed an over haul. It still does. The safety position has kept someone like Conte as a starter year after year. He would not be starting if you had any safeties. All of these things need to be drafted or free agency pickups or fixed somehow. Just like last year. I have been a fan since the early 90’s. I have not turned. (I understand there are old timers who can remiss about the Culverhouse years, God Bless you!) But boy since old man Glazor died it has been multiple coaches, GMs (the current GM Licht just passed the all-time losing record by one game for a BUCs GM) and so many 6-10 or worse records. I am just being realistic about the situation. When you are a constant non-playoff team, you write and talk like a lot of you do, Spitfire. Wishful thinking. Your playoff period is now. The BUC’s have another high draft pick again. Oh boy hopefully we do this or that. Maybe we will trade down and get another two picks like we did last year. Hell, we will have three picks in the second round and Ohhh boy we will turn it around. Then we pick a running back who gets a total of 44 yards and 1 TD for the season. We will pick up two mediocre DBs who either are not playing or have 0 int’s amongst both of them for the entire season. WE trade up into the third round and pick up a guard Cappa who hardly even plays for the entire season. (I did not even mention the trade up for the failed second round kicker. That was from prior episodes). LET THERE BE HOPE! It’s been a long time since we had a GM like Rich McKay. Dungy did not take it the distance, but he was rock steady in building something here and changing the over-all losing culture. Some argue that he should not have been fired, but my GOD; where would this team be without that one Super Bowl? It’s like Jack Nicholson said, “YOU CAN’T HANDLE THE TRUTH, SPITFIRE!”

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  8. Regardless of the compensation level; this team needs more fire starters like Kwon Alexander. Too many are prone to cower when adversity strikes. A little swagger and a bit of ‘tude.

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  9. He definitely needs to be re-signed!

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  10. Bring him back, kid is a stud we need to be loyal to our defensive players who actually balled out for us during this streak of our defense being horrible.

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  11. I’m not sure how Kwon fits in a 3-4. He’s too small to play MLB and doesn’t get off blocks very well. If we can get him at a steep discount, sure, but this teams needs some LBs that weigh more in the 250 lb range.

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  12. Again until we can figure out who’s running this team it’s impossible to predict how they will handle all the off-season trades and free agency. If Bruce Arians has came here and has control over the decision’s going forward . I am confident he will make alot of great moves. When it comes to linebacker Brucewill go off the advice of his defensive coordinator and pretty sure correct choice will be made.

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  13. Only bring Alexander back if he takes a one year prove it contract at half price to play backup OLB. BA wants big LBs for his 3-4. We don’t know how well Kwon will play after his quad injury. Minter will be a big ILB to pair with Beckwith or Cichy inside as starters. The outside LBs will be Nassib and Spense after he is developed. They all will be able to get after the QB in their one gap attacking Defense and are big enough to stop a big running back in their gap. Alexander before he was hurt had problems getting off blocks and misread some plays and while a good tackler gave up too much yardage dragging down running backs and is not good in covering or knocking down passes. He is a fiery leader but expect PFF to provide the fiery leadership this year for the defense. GMC would make a fine DE but he doesn’t want to play there and is too poor tackling on running plays anyway so trade him for what you can get. Otherwise cut him as a cap casualty.

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    • LVD is still under contract, not seeing him in your lineup above. BA has mentioned he’d be a great MLB in Bowles’ system, think we can expect this D to be fast if nothing else. Relying on Beckwith (ankle) and Cichy (ACL, same as Kwon) to be in the mix is hopeful at best at this point. The fact that Cichy has now torn the ACL in both knees over the last 3 years and Beckwith lost the entire year to ankle surgery doesn’t bode well for their long term prospects, though hoping they come back healthy.

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  14. We have to “figure out who’s running the team?” Not. Arians didn’t come here to not run the team. Now sometimes cap will figure in yes.

    Anyways far as Kwon, he has great attitude. Again comes down to money. His knee could be issue too. LB is not our biggest position of need by far on defense so if money is right I’m sure they will try to keep him here.

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    • I agree Bruce Arians did come here with the intention of running the team but if the clowns in the general managers office and the Three Stooges owners start over riding him like they did the last coaches the chaos will continue..

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  15. I agree A short prove it contract if they keep him absolutey makes sense with the knee and going to 3-4.

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