Alexander – who is coming off of ACL surgery – was forced to miss most of 2018, but accumulated 45 total tackles, with six going for loss, two forced fumbles, two passes defended and one sack in the six games he played last season.
The deal will reportedly pay him an average of $13.5 million over four years.
Since being drafted by the Bucs in the fourth round of the 2015 draft, Alexander has been a staple on the field and in the locker room for Tampa Bay, leading the league in solo tackles in 2016 and being named to the Pro Bowl in 2017.
Bucs LB Kwon Alexander – Photo by: Mark Cook/PR
In his four years in Tampa, Alexander has totaled 380 total tackles, seven sacks, six interceptions, six forced fumbles and 31 tackles for loss.
The Buccaneers had tried to negotiate with Alexander recently but when the terms his camp wanted were disclosed, Tampa Bay backed out to let Alexander test the free agent waters. It didn’t take long as former Bucs star safety and current 49ers GM John Lynch have reportedly negotiated a deal with Alexander and his agent Drew Rosenhaus to bring the former LSU star to the other Bay area.
Linebacker now moves up even higher on the Bucs needs list. With Alexander gone and Kendell Beckwith’s long-term future still unknown after missing all of 2018 after a care accident the team will be on the lookout in free agency and the draft to find Alexander’s replacement. Another linebacker, Jack Cichy was also injured last season, missing 10 games after tearing his ACL in the same game as Alexander against the Cleveland Browns.
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, the beach and family time.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@example.com