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Redskins initial offer to Lorenzo Alexander “not close”

Witten is ridden out of bounds by Alexander after a catch during the first half of their NFL football game in Landover, Maryland Reuters

The salary cap space the Redskins don’t have will force them to cut corners and make difficult decisions, and it could cost them one of their more versatile and popular players.

Pending unrestricted free agent linebacker Lorenzo Alexander told John Keim of the Washington Examiner that the Redskins initial offer was “not close.”

Alexander’s a Pro Bowler on special teams, and a versatile reserve on defense. That’s exactly the kind of player that might become a luxury for a team dealing without a full deck.

“They offered me a deal but obviously at this point I’m not going to jump into it and sign right away,” Alexander said. “There’s a lot of stuff going on. At this point we’ll play the waiting game and be patient and see what’s the best thing to do for myself and my family. Hopefully that’s with the Redskins. I don’t expect them to outbid anybody but from what I’ve done and sacrificed and what I’ve earned on the field, obviously that’s going to bring a certain dollar amount. There will be interest from other teams. But you really know when free agency starts what your value is.

“I’m willing to take less for the Redskins, but they have to be close. They can’t be way off.”

They can’t get into bidding wars, because they’ve been docked $18 million worth of cap space by the league, though they’re rattling sabers in hopes of getting some relief.

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15 Responses to “Redskins initial offer to Lorenzo Alexander “not close””
  1. logicalvoicesays says: Feb 27, 2013 7:45 AM

    Well Zo…thank you for your services and contributions to this team, but you are NOT worth the high amount that you think you are. We wish you the best on your future endeavors.

    Use that cash to re-sign Rob Jackson and trade Orakpo for draft picks. That is all.

  2. fuglyflorio says: Feb 27, 2013 7:46 AM

    OK … they didn’t get a penalty or a sanction. The Redskins just had to charge the Haynesworth deal against the cap … same as any team would have had to do. They tried to cheat and got caught … but they didn’t get fined … they didn’t lose cap space. They just had to follow the rules.

  3. davekezer says: Feb 27, 2013 8:14 AM

    If for some reason the Skins can’t keep this guy, any other team in the league is going to be very happy with him. He’s played about 5 or 6 different positions on the Skins (OL, DL, TE, both ILB and OLB), and he’s a complete beast on special teams. I can’t count how many times this guy has completely detonated a returner. Plus, he’s an all around good guy with his head screwed on straight. I’ll be sad to see him go.

  4. uangerme says: Feb 27, 2013 8:16 AM

    I hope they can meet in the middle somewhere, Alexander was a solid role player for the Skins. Get it done!

  5. larryboodry says: Feb 27, 2013 8:23 AM

    “That’s exactly the kind of player that might become a luxury for a team dealing without a full deck.”

    Normally I would not troll, but with Snyder threatening the start of free agency over his own misdeeds, I’d say Washington lacks a full deck in any case.

  6. cmehustle says: Feb 27, 2013 8:29 AM

    Well, thats what happens when you actually have a decent roster. Sometimes your going to lose good players because we actually have some of those on the roster. Pay attention Vinny Cerato, Shanahan and Bruce just gave you a lesson in team building.

  7. steelerben says: Feb 27, 2013 8:41 AM

    I can’t see Alexander staying on the Redskins. He is looking to become a starter and there doesn’t seem to be a spot on that defense for him unless Fletcher decides he’s done or Orakpo is moved.

  8. mdpgc says: Feb 27, 2013 8:45 AM

    @fuglyflorio

    You say that they didn’t get fined … they didn’t lose cap space.

    They lost 36 million in cap space ($18 million last year (2012), $18 million this year (2013)). But the jokes on the league, cause while Mara was a major component in getting the league to take the $36 million in cap space, the Redskins were making the playoffs and the defending champion Giants were sitting at home wondering what went wrong in the season.

  9. rgtre10 says: Feb 27, 2013 8:48 AM

    Redskins put contract talks on hold as they work to recoup salary cap space–Updated
    Redskins officials have told people in the league that they are considering going to court to seek an injunction that would hold up the start of free agency or threatening that move in a bid to bolster their negotiating leverage with the league.

  10. firesnyder says: Feb 27, 2013 9:44 AM

    Snyder is doing the right thing with filing the injunction. Will Jerry Jones also get on the bus, or, will he back down from the ire that will surely rain down from the other owners?

    Zo is going to be 30 this May. He is complete on special teams, but lacks skills needed to be a starting linebacker. I’m not sure we should pay too much for this guy. Rob Jackson is 27 and should definitely be resigned because the guy makes plays and has a nose for the ball. This is a tough call.

  11. thesmartestmanever says: Feb 27, 2013 10:57 AM

    we need to keep this guy. especially with Fletch calling it quits soon. this guy leads special teams in tackles like every year. drafting an inside backer would be a huge drop off in performance. re-sign Lorenzo and start grooming him to replace Fletch

  12. jwreck says: Feb 27, 2013 12:38 PM

    First off, the more “logicvoicessays” says about the Redskins, the more obvious it should be that he is not a Redskins fan. The other 31 fanbases will not be able to understand that however.

    Getting back to the article, while it is simply not realistic for Alexander to replace Fletcher, he is someone Washington needs to keep around at virtually any cost. His special teams skills are invaluable, but his leadership, work ethic, and contribution to developing the players around him is equaled only by Fletcher. In other words, the price it will cost to keep him on the field is only a small fraction of his total value.

  13. surfinbird1 says: Feb 27, 2013 1:50 PM

    Seems like the type of guy Bill B. would like to have.

  14. seanb20124 says: Feb 27, 2013 6:25 PM

    Plays a position that is not usually rewarded financially by teams. Sucks for him, but that’s the way it is

  15. kwickett85 says: Mar 1, 2013 10:55 AM

    “logicalvoicesays says: Feb 27, 2013 7:45 AM

    Well Zo…thank you for your services and contributions to this team, but you are NOT worth the high amount that you think you are. We wish you the best on your future endeavors.

    Use that cash to re-sign Rob Jackson and trade Orakpo for draft picks. That is all.”

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    I am grateful you do not run a sports franchise. Terrible idea. Alexander is well worth the money… trade Rak??? You serious???

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