It’s been all-but official for some time now, it seems, but it will finally become official today.
Redskins free agent Lorenzo Alexander’s agent tweeted on Tuesday that the linebacker will be signing with a new team. With the Redskins in a financial bind this offseason, it seemed inevitable that Alexander would ultimate go elsewhere in free agency.
— JR Rickert (@JRRickert) March 13, 2013
Alexander will certainly be missed this season for both his on-field and off-the-field contributions to the Redskins organization. The multi-year winner of the team’s Walter Payton Man of the Year award had been highly involved in the DC community as a Redskin, and also made it to his first Pro Bowl as the special teams representative of the NFC in 2012.
Alexander joins kick/punt return man Brandon Banks as key special teamers that will be departing this offseason. Reports swirled earlier today that Banks would not be returning to Washington, and it’s now a fact that Alexander won’t.
FOX Sports reports that the Arizona Cardinals, Pittsburgh Steelers and San Francisco 49ers have been the most aggressive in pursuing the Redskins’ former special teams captain. No team has been pinned as the clear favorite for Alexander’s services at this point, and Alexander told the Washington Post via text, “Haven’t decided.”
Regardless of where he plays next year, Alexander will be greatly missed by his teammates and fans alike. Happy trails and all the best, Lorenzo. Thanks for the memories.