The Jacksonville Jaguars need to round out their linebacker corps.
Kwon Alexander signed a four-year $54 million contract with the San Francisco 49ers in 2019 but was traded to the Saints halfway through the 2020 season in exchange for linebacker Kiko Alonso. At the time, the trade made sense as New Orleans was vying for a playoff spot and needed as many reinforcements as they could get. In five games, he registered 30 total tackles (three for a loss) and one forced fumble.
However, Alexander is now a top candidate to get release as he’s set to count $13.16 million against the cap and the Saints can get free up that amount without a dead cap hit. A fourth-round selection by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2015, the LSU product hasn’t been fully healthy in the last four seasons, having missed 26 games in that span.
Alexander made the Pro Bowl in 2017 and can play at a high level when healthy. The problem is that his performance is not proportional to the salary he will make if he stays in New Orleans. The Jaguars need to round out their linebacker corps and could offer him a one or two-year deal that averaged around $4 million per year.