ASHBURN, Va. (CBSDC) — The Washington Redskins have lost a team captain and Pro Bowl representative to free agency.
The agent for linebacker Lorenzo Alexander says he has a new team, but did not elaborate.
The Arizona Cardinals, reigning NFC champion San Francisco 49ers and Pittsburgh Steelers are believed to be the frontrunners to acquire the philanthropic fan favorite’s services.
An announcement of a new team could come as soon as Wednesday afternoon.
The Redskins don’t appear to be financially able to meet Alexander’s desired salary due to a $36 million cap penalty imposed by the NFL. The penalty was divided equally with $18 million being subtracted from the cap limit this season and last.
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As a result Washington’s 2013 salary cap has been reduced from $123 million to $105 million.
“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. 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 told teammate Adam Carriker and I during an appearance on radio show ‘4th & Pain‘ recently.
A jump to Pittsburgh would mean a reunion with Danny Smith who was special teams coordinator during Alexander’s tenure in Washington.
“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,” said Alexander.
With the important caveat: “If the deal is right and the situation is right, I would have no problem … going to play for him.”