Wednesday, February 27, 2013
Update on Lorenzo Alexander
By Tim Kavanagh
One of the major unresolved situations for the Washington Redskins this offseason is whether veteran ILB London Fletcher will elect to continue his career or retire. If he does retire, the club has some internal options to replace him, one of which is impending free agent Lorenzo Alexander, a versatile defender who has lined up at a multitude of positions on that side of the ball, as well as special teams. Of course, there is the matter of actually re-signing him.
As of now, things haven't progressed to the point of a signed deal. "They offered me a deal but obviously at this point I'm not going to jump into it and sign right away," Alexander revealed to the Washington Examiner. "There's a lot of stuff going on. At this point we'll play the waiting game and be patient and see what's the best thing to do for myself and my family. Hopefully that's with the Redskins. I don't expect them to outbid anybody but from what I've done and sacrificed and what I've earned on the field, obviously that's going to bring a certain dollar amount. There will be interest from other teams. But you really know when free agency starts what your value is.
"I'm willing to take less for the Redskins, but they have to be close. They can't be way off."
ESPN NFC East blogger Dan Graziano doesn't think anyone should be alarmed by the lowball offer on the first run here. But the Redskins are going to have a tough time retaining everyone this offseason:
Dan GrazianoAlexander rejects first offer
"Obviously, as in any negotiation, the Redskins' first offer was not the best they could offer. But before they can figure out how far they can go to keep Alexander, they'll either need a positive resolution to the cap-penalty case (still unlikely) or to make some of the tough roster decisions we discussed yesterday. Once that's done, Alexander will find out just how much of a priority he is for the Redskins this offseason."