NFL training camp is fast approaching and linebacker Kwon Alexander, like many talented veterans, remains a frew agent who could make a significant impact in the upcoming season.
The 26-year-old linebacker suffered a torn Achilles in Week 16, the devastating injury coming just weeks after he was traded to the New Orleans Saints. With the latest injury updates on Alexander’s Achilles pointing in a positive direction, let’s examine a few landing spots for the 26-year-old linebacker.
Kwon Alexander re-signs with New Orleans Saints
If we’re picking a favorite to sign Kwon Alexander, it’s the New Orleans Saints. This is the same team that gave up a conditional fifth-round pick for him in November. New Orleans acquired him because it needed some talent and experience in the middle of the defense, which Alexander can provide if he’s healthy.
- Kwon Alexander stats (2020): 39 solo tackles, four pass deflections, three tackles for loss and two forced fumbles in 12 games
The Saints invested a second-round pick in linebacker Pete Werner this spring, but the rookie might not be ready for a three-down role this quickly. Zack Baun provides versatility, but New Orleans would benefit from adding a player with years of experience to play alongside Demario Davis. If the Saints can manage it financially, re-signing Alexander makes a lot of sense.
Cincinnati Bengals upgrade at linebacker
The Cincinnati Bengals have the offensive talent to create some havoc in 2021. Joe Burrow will be ready for Week 1 and he should thrive with an exciting, young supporting cast. But if this front office wants to do its franchise quarterback a favor, it should try and address this defense before the regular season.
If the 2021 season started today, Germaine Pratt (41.5 PFF grade) would start at inside linebacker. Keep in mind, it’s not like outside linebackers Jordan Evans (61.0 PFF grade) or Akeem Davis-Gaither are any better. The Bengals clearly care about improving the front seven, given the investments made in the defensive line. A one-year deal could work nicely for both sides.
Philadelphia Eagles add Kwon Alexander
NFL trade rumors have suggested the Philadelphia Eagles address their worrisome depth at linebacker with a Zach Ertz for Jordan Hicks swap. While there’s some logic to that idea, the Eagles would be far better off shipping Ertz away for draft picks and adding a linebacker in free agency.
It’s not like this front office is afraid of gambling on players with durability concerns, far from it. When healthy, Alexander is more than capable of making an impact. The 6-foot-1 linebacker can drop back in coverage, rush the passer and seems to have a nose for the football. Best of all for the Eagles, he should be relatively cheap to sign given the medical red flags.