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Report: Redskins "unlikely to re-sign" Lorenzo Alexander

Special teams ace Lorenzo Alexander may leave Washington to test the free-agency market.


Alex Marvez reported on Saturday that a source told that Redskins special-teams ace Lorenzo Alexander has drawn interest from multiple teams and that the Redskins are "looking unlikely to re-sign him."

The Redskins and Alexander were in talks earlier in the offseason, but appeared far apart from a deal after Alexander rejected the team's first offer. Both parties resumed conversation on Friday during the NFL's new negotiation period, which begins three days before the official free agency period.

It's been reported that multiple teams have shown interest in Alexander, though no specific ones have been identified as of yet. A possible suitor could be the Pittsburgh Steelers, a team that recently hired former Redskins special teams coach Danny Smith, and also run a 3-4 defensive scheme.

Alexander, who has spent the last six seasons in Washington, is coming off of one of his best seasons to date, and one that included his first trip to the Pro Bowl. In addition to taking snaps at inside and outside linebacker positions, Alexander is best known for being a force in kickoff and punt coverage units. His 19 solo tackles on special teams led the NFL in 2012.

Alexander just finished the last year of a three-year, $3.8 million contract. The Redskins are currently $2.1 million over the salary cap.