After releasing him earlier this spring, the New Orleans Saints have agreed to a deal to bring back linebacker Kwon Alexander. The former LSU Tiger is headed back to Louisiana, after coming to terms on his birthday.
According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the 27-year-old will sign a one-year deal worth up to $3 million. Alexander, a former Pro Bowler, played well for the San Fransisco 49ers and the Saints last year and is all set for a reunion with the latter.
The 2017 Pro Bowler began the 2020 season in the Bay Area, where he played five games with the 49ers to kick off the campaign. He was traded in early November to the Saints in exchange for a fifth-round pick and fellow linebacker Kiko Alonso.
Alexander quickly worked his way into the New Orleans’ lineup and started seven straight games for Sean Payton’s defense, beginning in Week 10. Unfortunately, his year came to an abrupt end when he suffered a torn Achilles in Week 16.
Alexander was entering the third season of his four-year, $54 million contract that he signed in 2019, so the Saints decided to release him this March, in an effort to clear cap space. However, after a workout in late July, the team decided to bring the 27-year-old back aboard.
Free-agent linebacker Kwon Alexander and the Saints have agreed to a year deal worth up to $3 million, @DrewJRosenhaus told ESPN. Alexander played with the Saints last season and is an LSU alum and he lands in New Orleans today, his birthday.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) August 3, 2021
In 12 games last season, Alexander tallied 57 total tackles, two forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries. He proved to be a reliable contributor on both the 49ers and the Saints, so he’ll now get a chance to continue his career in New Orleans.
It’s unclear exactly what Alexander will look like after suffering such a serious Achilles injury. Clearly the Saints saw enough during his late July workout that they felt confident to sign him to a new deal.
If he is able to get fully healthy by the time the season begins, Alexander should definitely be able to compete for a starting spot come Week 1.