According to a report by NFL.com’s Mike Garafolo, Tampa Bay linebacker Kwon Alexander just texted some of his Bucs teammates goodbye, indicating that he will be signing elsewhere in free agency.
#Buccaneers LB Kwon Alexander texted a group of his Tampa teammates a short while ago telling them he’s going to miss them, source says. We’ll see where he winds up but he’s obviously not expecting it to be Tampa. Deal expected to be in the $12m/$13m per year range.
— Mike Garafolo (@MikeGarafolo) March 11, 2019
Alexander had been seeking a deal between $11 million and $13 million per year, which is more than the cap-strapped Bucs were willing to pay for a linebacker coming off a torn ACL. Alexander has been courted by the New York Jets and the San Francisco 49ers.
The Bucs had expressed that they wanted to keep Alexander but his market value apparently is too high. PewterReport.com has yet to confirm this report, but it certainly doesn’t surprise us if valid.
11:24 a.m. UPDATE: Alexander took to Twitter to suggest he’s disputing Garafolo’s report.
Who told ya that? 🤔
— Kwon Alexander (@kwon) March 11, 2019