A torn ACL in October didn’t prevent linebacker Kwon Alexander from breaking the bank in March.
Alexander, a speedy inside linebacker who starred for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, will depart Florida to sign a four-year, $54 million deal with the San Francisco 49ers, according to multiple reports.
The 49ers are “looking for speed, everywhere” this offseason, general manager John Lynch said at the NFL Scouting Combine. They found it with Alexander, who will move to weak-side linebacker and cash a reported $27 million guaranteed over the lifetime of the deal.
He reportedly texted several of his teammates earlier Monday to tell them he would miss them, according to Mike Garafolo of the NFL Network.
Alexander, 24, tore the ACL in his right knee on a non-contact play against the Cleveland Browns in Week 7, ending the final season of his rookie deal with the Bucs.
Alexander had 45 tackles, one sack, two forced fumbles and two passes defensed in six games last season.
Alexander reportedly had been in discussions with the team about a contract extension before the injury. The team reportedly hoped to keep him at a lower price tag after the injury.
He is expected to be back to full health by the start of the 2019 season.
–Field Level Media