ASHBURN, Va. (CBSDC) — If it were up to him, Lorenzo Alexander would be a member of the Washington Redskins next season.
But the special teams captain, who earned his first trip to the Pro Bowl last year, likely has more value than the Redskins can afford. Washington’s budget is being squeezed as it pays off the back-end of a two-year, $36 million penalty handed down by the league for contract indiscretions during the uncapped season.
Although Alexander’s burgundy and gold future is very much in doubt, he’s still in good spirits and grateful to be in the position he’s in.
“It’s taken me a lot longer to get to a place where I can secure my financial future as far as me and my family,” Alexander told teammate Adam Carriker and I on 4th & Pain. “It’s been a long road and a lot of hard work. I think I’ll appreciate it a lot more just because of where it started and where I ended up.”
Alexander signed with the Carolina Panthers as an undrafted free agent out of California in 2005 where he spent his rookie season on the team’s practice squad. The following season he had a five-day cup of coffee with the Baltimore Ravens before landing with the Redskins where he began his long climb from the practice squad to Pro Bowl player.
The 29-year-old feels a sense of loyalty to the franchise, but knows his entire career has built to this moment where he can secure his financial future for his family. It’s a pay day the Redskins would probably make had it not been for the $18 million restriction.
“Hopefully, I’m really hoping, (to stay) with the Redskins,” Alexander said. “At this point in time I’m not excluding any teams. I’m definitely going to be open ears to everybody and see what they want to offer.”
Rumors have been swirling Alexander may follow recently departed special teams coordinator Danny Smith to the Pittsburgh Steelers. It’s an idea he’s open to.
“Obviously, playing for Danny the last seven years, getting to know him on a professional level as well as off the field, he’s definitely a guy I’d love to continue to play for,” he said.
With the important caveat: “If the deal is right and the situation is right, I would have no problem … going to play for him.”