Ian Rapoport tweeted what many Bucs fans didn’t want to hear on Monday.

The Bucs defensive leader will have a new home in San Francisco.

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.

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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, 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 mark@pewterreport.com
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cgmaster27
2 years ago

good luck to him. That’s wayyyy too much money to pay him.

BigSombrero
Reply to  cgmaster27
2 years ago

Im guessing John Lynch disagrees. Guess we’ll find out who knows more about defense…John Lynch or Jason Licht.

cgmaster27
Reply to  BigSombrero
2 years ago

John lynch also paid a runningback 8 million dollars a year that never had a 1000 yard rushing season. Also paid a qb a record contract on minimal season starts. Just because a player is good, doesnt make them a good gm. Micheal Jordan is a shining example of this.

BigSombrero
Reply to  cgmaster27
2 years ago

When McKinnon and Garopolo are lighting up the scoreboard next year, and Kwon is back to being a downhill linebacker and not a zone coverage player, we shall see if you’re right cgmaster.

cgmaster27
Reply to  BigSombrero
2 years ago

Haha lighting up the scoreboard, how about we start with just them playing a game or two. And heres a stat for your beloved kwon, since 2011 only 9 players have missed over 50 tackles, kwon has missed 78! And hes only been in the league since 2015 and missing about am average of 5 years a game.

BigSombrero
Reply to  BigSombrero
2 years ago

You’re funny. Have you seen the Bucs opponents for next season. I hope you keep your sense of humor about how much better the Bucs will be with Minter or a rookie manning the middle. This team is one Mike Evans/Donovan Smith/JPP injury away from the 1st pick in the 2020 draft.

Horse
Reply to  BigSombrero
2 years ago

He’s no Derrick Brooks for sure.

dbenn2012
Reply to  BigSombrero
2 years ago

John Lynch playing the position and evaluating players aren’t even in the same universe. Once he builds a playoff/super bowl team, opinion will obviously change. Free Agency is a crap shoot for everyone – good for Kwon, hope he gets health and out-performs his contract, only time will tell.

cgmaster27
Reply to  dbenn2012
2 years ago

Sombrero, what’s funny about what I said? I notice you just conveniently disregard the stats I have you. Keep on riding kwon and his missed tackles. I know it will be impossible for minter to miss as many as he has. Let alone be as big a liability in coverage. But you keep living in that fantasy land where the 49ers make the playoffs. Dont worry I’ll remind you of your prediction when they dont.

BigSombrero
2 years ago

So his hair can stay red or he can change it to gold now!

Good luck to you Kwon. Hate to see you leave. The defense is filled with aging vets. #TampaBayGeezers

BigSombrero
Reply to  BigSombrero
2 years ago

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BigSombrero
Reply to  BigSombrero
2 years ago

It will be interesting to follow his future success. I’m guessing he follows in the footsteps of these former Bucs who never made the playoffs during the McCoy Era in Tampa but went to the playoffs after leaving Tampa… Aquib Talib(three teams) Adrian Clayborn(two teams) Mark Barron Matt Bryant DJ Swearinger Mason Foster Michael Bennett Jeremy Zuttah LeGarrett Blount Dekoda Watson Bradley McDougald Dashon Goldson J.R. Sweezy Plus many more in the future!! Desean Jackson, Adam Humphries, and Kwon Alexander head next year’s class! Maybe Cam Brate too since he’s too expensive for a “backup” according to so many GENIUSES on… Read more »

EricNV
Reply to  BigSombrero
2 years ago

I guess you don’t understand the meaning of “salary cap” the way the rest of us do. Brate’s one of my favorite players, but he’s too expensive to keep as a backup at $7 million per year playing only 25% of the snaps since he’s not the complete TE that OJ Howard is. Kwon is a GOOD LB, but he’s not the best or even in the top 5. Too many injuries and too many missed tackles to warrant the money the 49rs are paying him. The Bucs will probably wait 2-3 weeks to sign a tier 2 LB and… Read more »

dbenn2012
Reply to  BigSombrero
2 years ago

Big Sombrero – nice to see you can cherry-pick in hindsight. So many have this talent.

BigSombrero
Reply to  dbenn2012
2 years ago

Its so easy to pick cherries when there are so many!

BigSombrero
Reply to  dbenn2012
2 years ago

And for the record, I still think Greg Schiano is the best coach this team has had since Gruden. When he captures the Lombardi with New England to along with his National Championship at Ohio State, I guess you’ll say I was cherry picking that too.

76Buc
Reply to  BigSombrero
2 years ago

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PR poster Kirk Douglas knows what I’m talking about. LMAO

BigSombrero
Reply to  76Buc
2 years ago

Lol. Im almost 50 and own a business. Im lucky to have time to screw around arguing with Bucs fans who are wrong year in, year out. The Bucs are killing themselves, but that’s ok.

It’s a Bucs life! Seige the Day! Wreak Havoc! Youngry!

#EmptySeats #GivingAwayTickets #BritishBuccaneersSoon #CellarDweller #SeanPaytonsPracticeSquad #JuliosOtherPlayground

76Buc
Reply to  BigSombrero
2 years ago

You forgot “Hey, Hey Tampa Bay” and “Make McKay walk the plank-throw him in Tampa Bay”.
I agree they have been killing themselves. However, with BA and his new staff things may be on the rise.
OBTW, 50 is young (new 30). I was born in 1837 so I know a thing or two;)

dbenn2012
Reply to  BigSombrero
2 years ago

Big Sombrero – wow own a business, small, large, or mega-business, self-built, daddy’s money, suckered investors, or true success. Average small business in US makes between 29k and 160k and almost half don’t make it a year. Don’t care about the details either way as I don’t read replies … just saying, thousands of millionaires make money, by defaulting on loans, restructure, etc. Many make much more working for someone else.

Spitfire
Reply to  BigSombrero
2 years ago

Who’s so old? JPP, McCoy and who? Curry is gone, Unrein and Allen will be gone, Grimes is gone… David is 29, Minter is 28 not geezers yet. Secondary is all young, Nassib and Vea young. We will hopefully get older with a couple FA pickups but the Draft will bring the same amount of youth as well…

BigSombrero
Reply to  Spitfire
2 years ago

The “leaders” of the defense. GMC, JPP, and David. Most fans and writers on here are clamoring for a veteran CB and S also. GMC, JPP, and David are not enough to slow down New Orleans, Carolina, and Atlanta. The defense lead by GMC and David have been historically bad over the last 3 years, especially against division foes. Those three players account for approximately $38 million in salary cap($13m+$15m+$10m). That’s 20% of the teams 188.2 cap space. Nassib is an unrestricted free agent next year. You think they’ll be able to pay him? I don’t know. At this point,… Read more »

dbenn2012
Reply to  BigSombrero
2 years ago

76Buc – at 181 years old, must admit, your experience beats anyone and everyone in the world – understand why you’re not in the B. Book of records, anyone around when California became the 31st state is quite impressive !

thewbacca
Reply to  BigSombrero
2 years ago

Pretty sure with that contract he can have gold hair!

Spitfire
2 years ago

Happy for him… He worked hard and found a payday… But no way we should have ever paid that much for him. I feel the same way about him as a lot of people, I would always hear the announcers say he’s one of the best LB’s in the League but never really actually saw the proof, it started to seem more of an idea than reality… He had a lot of Heart though and appreciate his dedication…

Time to find a few new LB’s!

BigSombrero
Reply to  Spitfire
2 years ago

I would trade McCoys $13m contract for Kwon’s anyday. You never saw proof Kwon was one of the best LB’s? You, sir or madame, are as BLIND as Coke Bottle Glasses McCoy.

cgmaster27
Reply to  BigSombrero
2 years ago

See my missed tackles number above. Oh and kwon cant cover his own shadow. Not sure what your love affair is with kwon. You talk all kinds of smack about McCoy but hes actually more useful than kwon. And I think McCoy’s over the hill. At least he plays full seasons occasionally.

BigSombrero
Reply to  cgmaster27
2 years ago

McCoy has played 2 complete seasons out of 9. When he isn’t injured, he’s only in 60% of the time. It’s fine though. He will be the same player again next year and you and other McCoy apologists will say the same things…

Everyone elses fault. He had no help. Bad scheme. He was hurt. Offense had too many turnovers. Blah, blah, blah.

At this point, I hope they keep him. Tua is looking good at #1.

76Buc
Reply to  Spitfire
2 years ago

I remember Kwon flying buy runners whiffing on several tacklers a game. I too am glad for him; he’s a good player and a passionate player. I thought that even $10 million was over priced, even with an uninjured knee. I don’t believe he was the heart and soul of the defense; our defense had neither. Lynch must have cash to burn.

76Buc
Reply to  76Buc
2 years ago

Tackles.

BigSombrero
Reply to  76Buc
2 years ago

When he’s in the playoffs next year in an attacking defense as a downhill thumper and Tampa is picking in the top five again, you remind me how many bad tackles he made.

cgmaster27
Reply to  BigSombrero
2 years ago

Haha playoffs, the 49ers? I want some of what you are smoking to get yourself into that stupid hat.

Alldaway 2.0
2 years ago

Good luck Kwon!

But that is a lot of cheddar for a LB. With that money the Bucs can upgrade guard and safety with money left over.

BigSombrero
Reply to  Alldaway 2.0
2 years ago

That’s not money they saved. Kwon was unrestricted. They get a comp pick in 2020. Thats it. The cap space is still at 3.5 million.

BigSombrero
Reply to  BigSombrero
2 years ago

4 thumbs down and counting but Im still waiting for the Bucs to “upgrade” guard and safety with all the “CHEDDAR” they have left over from Kwon going to SF…

(whistling)

chefboho
2 years ago

Damn, that’s a lot of money for a guy whose only had one healthy season and let’s be real, played like crap most of last year before he got hurt. Loved his fire and passion, but that alone won’t pay the bills. Good luck to him.

thewbacca
Reply to  chefboho
2 years ago

Agreed.

“Passion is the most overrated thing in football. My wife has passion, but I don’t want her returning kickoffs.”

– John McKay

gcolerick
Reply to  thewbacca
2 years ago

What’s her 40 speed?

e
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2 years ago

Good luck, Kwon! Well, I think that pushes the focus on the top of the draft over to the LB position? I still think drafting Devon at #5 is high. Don’t discount Devin Bush either… Hopefully, the Bucs can trade down and still be in a position to pick up an impact player.

Alldaway 2.0
2 years ago

Time to turn the page and transform this defense IMO. Need a vet DL, ILB, CB and Safety.

BigSombrero
Reply to  Alldaway 2.0
2 years ago

And a RB, RG, RT, DE, K, and LS!

Let the 3 year rebuild begin!

macabee
2 years ago

Well congrats to Kwon! Never thought he would be anything but a Buc. I was wrong. Life goes on and I wish him well. We’ll have to get another with next year’s 3rd round comp pick his departure makes possible. Not how I wanted it, but how it’s gotta be. BTW, we play the 49ers later this year. Go Bucs!

macabee
Reply to  macabee
2 years ago

Greg Auman/theAthletic thinks that if WR Adam Humphries gets the money he is looking for and the Bucs lay low in FA, they will get two 3rd round comp picks in 2020 – unheard of for a Bucs team. Not that anybody would plan it that way, it’s the reality of having little to no cap space this year. Rationalizing make me feel better too. lol.

Devasher
Reply to  macabee
2 years ago

3rd round picks under Licht: Alex Cappa (2018), Chris Godwin (2017), Kendell Beckwith (2017), Charles Sims (2014).

At this point the only player who looks to have a long-term future with the Bucs is Godwin. Third round picks sound better in theory than the record of the GM using them.

76Buc
Reply to  Devasher
2 years ago

You can’t project car accidents. Beckwith is a beast. The jury is still out on Kappa. It usually take small school player longer to develop. Godwin is a star in the making.

76Buc
Reply to  76Buc
2 years ago

I think 80% of our OL problems were coaching.

Devasher
Reply to  76Buc
2 years ago

You don’t get partial credit for a player who plays one season for you because something in the player’s personal life affected their ability to play football as a GM. Are you one of the “record doesn’t count” people when looking at success or failure too? Let me give you an example: The Ravens drafted Sergio Kindle LBer out of Texas one spot after Rob Gronkowski in the second round ib 2011. Kindle was considered a first round player and to have “fallen” in the draft due to his knee issues and off the field concerns. Before training camp he… Read more »

Sneedy16
Reply to  Devasher
2 years ago

Alex Cappa was a rookie so he can be develop. Beckwith had starter potential until a freak accident. Kwon was a 4th round pick so picks can mean a lot.

Devasher
Reply to  Sneedy16
2 years ago

Hey and IN THE END there is one player that looks like they will have a productive career in Tampa out of four. Jeez, didn’t mean to stir up the Jason Licht fan club…

macabee
Reply to  Devasher
2 years ago

Under the circumstances, I would still rather have them. Wouldn’t you?

Devasher
Reply to  macabee
2 years ago

I’m all for 3rd round picks so long as a competent GM comes in next year to make them.

Ivan2727
2 years ago

this one hurt

stlbucsfan
2 years ago

Good luck Kwon and good job Licht, not even close to deserving of being the hightest paid ILB in football.

Bucsfan1983
2 years ago

SOB!

This sucks in two ways, Kwon is gone. And now Licht will draft White at 5. SMH

Horse
Reply to  Bucsfan1983
2 years ago

I’m looking at this another way? Easier to trade down a few spots and still get Bush or White a couple extra draft picks, and we sure could use them. BA and JL are being smart here. I’d like to sign Barber for 3 years and 2 of them guaranteed.

buddah
2 years ago

John Lynch must have attended the John Gruden School of overpaying free agents. Kwon had the energy and passion; he just lacked the talent and discipline. Not a great tackler and has an uncertain future. He stills has at least four months before he can even get on a football field. Tough luck. Good savings for buccaneers. CJ Moseley awaits!

Alldaway 2.0
2 years ago

Plenty of upgrades for ILB position that this team needs. Time to move on.

BucRy
2 years ago

I loved Kwon and his energy but I am glad we did not over pay..who knows, Kwon could end up being better than he was playing on our sorry defense the past couple of years. Good luck to you!

BucRy
2 years ago

If anyone has a problem with us letting him go, just know that he is getting paid way more than Luke kuechly who is way better than Kwon..we had to move on from Kwon.

Alldaway 2.0
Reply to  BucRy
2 years ago

Kwon is set to make more than Keuckly and Lavonte David. It was not going to work for the Bucs.

Nobody
Reply to  BucRy
2 years ago

Yup. This a big time addition by subtraction.

1) We get a high comp pick

2) We are free from playing an ILB who is one of the worst Zone defenders, one of the worst tacklers, and one of the easiest to false-key out of play in the entire league.

This love affair with Kwon that this fanbase is understandable given his circumstances with the loss of his brother. But outside of that, its terribly frustrating…a level of frustration commensurate only with this fanbases’ insatiable lust for sinking significant assets into a Running Back.

BigSombrero
Reply to  Nobody
2 years ago

Lol. Let’s see who ends up being right. Jason Licht or John Lynch? My money is on Lynch for building a better defense.

Lynch just made Kwon the heartbeat of his defense, and will probably use him downhill, and not as zone coverage linebacker.

Nobody
Reply to  BigSombrero
2 years ago

There is no such thing as a pure “downhill linebacker” in today’s game, even as an edge player in a 34. Kwon isn’t equipped to be an edge player. He doesn’t remotely have the skill-set or the frame. He’s an off-ball, stacked LB. In this defense that Smith ran, he played both WLB and MLB in the 70 % of snaps that we played Nickel. So no matter what he does, Kwon is going to have to: 1) Read his presnap triangle with speed and accuracy. He’s poor on both on grounds. 2) Not get false-keyed by Jet Sweep fakes… Read more »

BigSombrero
Reply to  Nobody
2 years ago

Sounds smart but is it? You forget Tampa was trying to resign Kwon. No cap space. You must know more than all the team execs that wanted Kwon and drove his price up. Even with his supposedly awful instincts, bad angles, league worst tackling and coverage liability (that you so insightfully and eloquently wrote), he was the best the Bucs had and another GM paid him a lot of money to run his defense. Now what? A rookie? Kevin Minter and his all world linebacking prowess? Kendell Beckwith?

spartan
2 years ago

Congrats, but WOW that’s a lot of dough.

owlykat
2 years ago

No worries! Get Honey Badger and a Veteran CB right away. We can get the rest in the draft by trading down. Trade down and still get White and then Lindstrom with the extra pick. 2d Rd Greg Little OT, rated 2d best OT this draft by Lindy’s, to push Smith and replace Dotson when injured or retires. 3rd Rd. Powerful RB Benny Snell who can do it all (ranked 3rd best RB by Lindy’s and Walter FB but will drop since not on top ten list of TV experts on NFL.com and so many free agent RBs) Trade Brate… Read more »

fredster
2 years ago

Was 99% sure this was coming. He’s cool. Wish him luck but he sure as hell isnt worth that even if didn’t have the knee injury. He’s a liability in coverage a lot.

Dman
2 years ago

Not good. So we lose a leader on D in his prime and now have to use a premium draft pick to replace a position that we thought we had covered rather than file holes on the O-line, D-line.

Anyone know how the compensatory picks get awarded and when? Are those for this year’s draft?

pinkstob
2 years ago

See ya. This pretty much forces us to draft White because I don’t think we can afford C.J. Mosley.

pinkstob
Reply to  pinkstob
2 years ago

Even if we did sign Mosley we need two ILB’s now.

BucRy
Reply to  pinkstob
2 years ago

Collins just got a 6 year $84 mil deal, mosely is ex extend to sign for much more.

BucRy
Reply to  BucRy
2 years ago

Expected*

Buc76
2 years ago

get ready to pay those California taxes. 13.5 is about 7.5 over there

tpeluso
2 years ago

Sigh. At that price you gotta swallow it, though. $13.5 million per is just nuts considering his inconsistency and coming off an injury. Now we’ve got no choice but to go LB high in the draft.

seat26
2 years ago

Deeply saddened to hear this. Linebacker was our strongest position going into last year. Now it is our weakest. If Beckwith’s career is over, we are down to one 29 yr old LB starter from the beginning of the 2018 season. How do we pivot to a 3/4 defense? This has to change the entire focus of the draft for the Bucs. We are out of money, out of options. We almost certainly have to draft LB at #5, as trading down and missing out on White would be devastating. I hope the brain-trust in Tampa knows what they are… Read more »

plopes808
2 years ago

This one is gonna sting, but I like to think BA know’s what he’s doing in building his team. I’m sure he had input on this decision although it was ultimately Licht’s. I definitely think this is overpaying for a guy known for his sideline to sideline abilities who’s coming off a major knee injury but what do I know? Guess it’s Devin White in the 1st, hopefully after a tradedown.

seat26
Reply to  plopes808
2 years ago

If they convert Noah Spence to outside linebacker and are successful with that transition, and they put McCoy at linebacker which sounds crazy to me, but apparently they are actually considering it, and they draft White and Cinchy comes back, and David stays healthy, they are fine. It will definitely be an interesting Training Camp seeing how all the pieces fall together in the proposed 3-4.

plopes808
Reply to  seat26
2 years ago

we look pretty decent at LB now with our FA signings so maybe they’ll go in another direction. Depending on the QB market we could be looking at one of the big defensive targets falling or someone making an offer we can’t refuse to trade up. Should be interesting

last fan standing
2 years ago

Good for Kwon wish him all the luck in the world. However as much as I love Kwon’s upbeat attitude and enthusiasm he is not worth 13.5 per year. That’s more than Kueckly and Wagner get. He is a liability in coverage and tends to be out of position to often. Would of loved to have him back but that price was steep.