Lorenzo Alexander on verge of leaving Redskins via free agency [updated]


Redskins linebacker Lorenzo Alexander (The Washington Post/Richard A. Lipski)

Update: 10:45 p.m. – Linebacker Lorenzo Alexander plans to make his decision on Wednesday regarding which team he will sign with in free agency, but it’s not expected to be the Redskins.

J.R. Rickert, one of Alexander’s agents, tweeted Tuesday night that Alexander would have a new team, but he didn’t state which team Alexander had chosen.

Contacted via text, Alexander responded “Haven’t decided,” when asked where he was headed.

A person with knowledge of the situation said that Alexander is likely to leave Washington for the San Francisco 49ers, Arizona Cardinals or Pittsburgh Steelers. While the decision is expected to come on Wednesday, it’s not clear which team Alexander is leaning most strongly toward.

Original post:Linebacker Lorenzo Alexander, a Pro Bowl selection on special teams this past season, was poised early Tuesday evening to leave the Redskins via free agency, a person familiar with the negotiations said.

“It looks that way,” the person said, calling the Arizona Cardinals, San Francisco 49ers and Pittsburgh Steelers the leading bidders for Alexander.

Fox reported earlier that those three teams were making strong pushes to try to sign Alexander.

It was not clear as of early Tuesday evening whether the Redskins, hindered by their lack of salary cap space, would be able to re-enter the bidding in an effort to re-sign Alexander.

Coach Mike Shanahan said Monday that the Redskins hoped to re-sign Alexander but he didn’t know if the team could compete financially and Alexander had to take care of himself and his family.

Former Redskins special teams coach Danny Smith now holds the same job in Pittsburgh. But the Cardinals were thought to be making a particularly strong bid to sign Alexander.

Mark Maske covers the NFL for The Washington Post.

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