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.

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.

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Scott Reynolds is in his 23rd year of covering the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as the vice president, publisher and senior Bucs beat writer for PewterReport.com. Author of the popular SR's Fab 5 column on Fridays, Reynolds oversees web development and forges marketing partnerships for PewterReport.com in addition to his editorial duties. A graduate of Kansas State University in 1995, Reynolds enjoys giving back to the community as the defensive line coach for his sons' Pop Warner team, the South Pasco Predators. Reynolds can be reached at: [email protected]

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  1. sad to see him go, but glad we are not over paying for him. Good luck Kwon.

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  2. If true, that’s an insane number for a LB who regularly comes in near the top of the league in missed tackles, is regularly out of position in zone coverage, and isn’t capable of containing good receiving backs our of the backfield or tight ends in man. Splash plays are nice, and Kwon has had his fair share of those, but we need players who are sound and consistent on a play to play basis. I’d be fine having Kwon back to see if he could realize the potential his physical abilities creates under a new defensive coach and system, but at the premium price he’s supposedly going to command, I’d rather let someone else take the chance. He’s just not worth that kind of deal, or even all that close to it at the moment.

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  3. Good luck. Great player and person. But Devin White will look real replacing him.

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    • Devin White is an awful tackler, gets lost in traffic and takes bad angles but recovers with his speed. He tackles high. It’s a major problem. The list of things they have to fix on him is long. He has only played linebacker for 3 years. He is not Ray Lewis.

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      • This video link is courtesy of macabee:
        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-dV4t663pPQ&t=806s

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      • You cant call out white for missed tackles and then lament kwon leaving, who misses a TON of tackles. Kwon is always out of place and is horrible in coverage regardless of his intensity.

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        • The devil you know…

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          • True but not for 11 million a year.

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          • I agree, that is waaaaaaaay too much for a linebacker not named Ray Lewis.

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      • I feel the same about Devin White. He never seems to get square on his target. He doesn’t “hit” and run trough the ball carrier ever! Every clip you see he’s swinging around his target to make arm tackles. That won’t work in the NFL! Barrett Rude not Ray Lewis. Not a top ten pick in my book.

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        • *Ruud

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  4. Wish him all the luck in the world. I like Kwon, but not at that price point. The more $$ he gets on the street, the better our comp pick. Go ham Kwon.

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  5. A defensive heartbeat is fading. This news sucks.

    I always held out hope that Kwon would be resigned once his value was set and the Bucs cleared some cap space by jettisoning a few players with bloated contracts.

    In other awful news, the team is spending $13 million on blind ineffective Gerald McCoy. I’m sure his 20 tackles in less than 16 games next year will be worth losing a true heartbeat.

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  6. Thank God. We don’t need another overpaid loafer on D. Already sticking with #93 it appears.

    Kwon is all talk on a horrible defense. Take your “all talk, no action” antics elsewhere.

    Good riddance. Just like #93. Plays for the money. That’s all he cares about.

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    • “Loafer” I don’t think so. Kwon might have been out of position and missed a few too many tackles but he always played hard. As does #93, who if only played for the money wouldn’t play hurt as much as he does. Both show more class then you just have.

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      • What tape are you watching? #93 is living on reputation from 4 years ago. Pull up any game from last year and tell me which one he dominated. He rarely gets double teamed, if at all and teams ran the ball right at him very effectively.

        He was not listed as “Most Impressive” by Pewter Report one time last season.

        If #93 stays, expect defensive mediocrity and shootouts required to win games, again.

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        • I didn’t say McCoy was dominating. I was calling out Snook for calling him and Kwon loafers. Him, you, me or anyone else is in no position to call out #93 for effort. If you like him or not doesn’t matter. I watch the games too, I know his production is down and he’s getting older and maybe he’s not worth 13mil but that’s not for us to decide. But he has giving a lot to Bucs and their fans. So I don’t see the reason to disrespect him because you don’t agree with his salary number.

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          • I’m not criticising his salary. He would be a loafer, part time player who is ineffective at any salary. He stinks and that won’t change with ANOTHER new coaching staff.

            MCCOY EXCUSE CANNON : PREPARE TO FIRE!!!

            “Him, you , me, or anyone else is in no position to call out #93 for effort.”

            “He’s getting older.”

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  7. Good luck Kwon. Your energy and heart will be missed.

    But that is too much money when that would put him at a higher price tag than Lavonte David.

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  8. The specific team that signs Kwon will tell us all we need to know about his “value”.

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  9. You the man Kwon! Glad you are getting paid, and even happier we aren’t the ones overpaying. peace.

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  10. Snook, couldn’t disagree with you ore in regards to your loaves analysis and the fact he on,h plays for the money.
    Kwon has his problems, as more aptly put by Toofamilar17, but the ones you used are just plain wrong and not even close to the truth.

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  11. There are many ILBs that will command less than $10 mil per year that are upgrades for this squad. Sad but true!

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  12. Will he dye his hair to match his new team?

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  13. He’s a good not great LB. love his attitude, but he simply is not worth 10 million plus per year. Time to move on with Kwon. Wish him well.

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  14. Salaries are out of control. Everything looks “overpriced” this off season.

    But if the teams have the money and salaries are going up, whose to say what the market it today. Looks like its the guy writing the check.

    Disappointed if we lose him.

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  15. Oh, but let’s pay GMC $13 million and D. Smith $14 million and R. Jenson $10 million and D-Jax $10 million.

    The only vets on D worth their salaries are JPP and Lavonte. The rest are collecting paychecks and getting sand between their toes sunning on the beach.

    Looks like Licht will sprinkle around $3 million to $5 million to mostly bench players while other teams build a winning roster.

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  16. If this is true I’m glad to be moving on from him. He was always overrated.

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    • I agree pinks rob. From what I hear, he’s contract for the 49ers is 4 years 54 million with most of it guaranteed. No thanks to that.

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