Panthers expose Frank Alexander to waivers

AP

It’s not often that a starting defensive end is available for any other team to snatch. In the case of Panthers starting defensive end Frank Alexander, any NFL team looking for a guy to add to the pass-rushing rotation has a shot at claiming Alexander on waivers.

It’s happening because Alexander will miss the entire season with a torn Achilles tendon. But instead of keeping him on the active roster until the point at which he could be shifted to injured reserve automatically, the Panthers opted to waive him with the injured designation. If he’s unclaimed, Alexander will revert to Carolina’s IR list.

Of course, some think that the unwritten rules of the NFL require other teams to stay away from injured players who are being passed through waivers. Three years ago, Patriots coach Bill Belichick defied that notion by claiming tight end Jake Ballard on waivers as the Giants tried to slip him through to IR. Coach Tom Coughlin wasn’t happy.

The question now becomes whether Panthers coach Ron Rivera will be happy or unhappy if another team claims Alexander on waivers before Tuesday’s deadline of 4:00 p.m. ET.

15 responses to “Panthers expose Frank Alexander to waivers

  1. The only thing claiming him would do is make another team pay his salary for the year in exchange for the right to franchise him. This is the final year of his rookie deal.

  2. Pats put Brian Tyms out there too this week. I’d be shocked if Carolina didn’t claim him as pay back for Tyler Gaffney.

  3. Why not release him? He’s a free agent after this year, will have only played in 1 game since Dec. ’13 and is coming off of a blown achilles. Dumb move for anyone to claim him, cut a young guy that can/will help you this year (and for the next few) just to IR him.

  4. Gettleman does it again. He gave away a 6th rd (Gaffney) pick last year to Belichick and somebody will take Alexander.

    He missed time last year for drugs, but was having a great preseason. Achilles is something that, once mended, is stronger post-op. Pass rushers are in the top 3 of most valuable positions.

    This is a mistake. The Hardy mistake looms even bigger. Dallas will benefit from that one.

  5. The real reason behind this is that the Panthers have give up on Alexander because of his injuries and suspensions and want someone else to pick up his salary. If he is not claimed, Carolina has no intention of resigning him as his contract is done after this season and Carolina will waive him after the season is over if he reverts to IR.

  6. The Colts recently claimed the Redskins 6th round draft pick CB Tevin Mitchell after he tore his labrum in training camp. The Colts pretty much stole a draft pick from the Redskins since Mitchell was a rookie drafted 3 months ago.

  7. I wouldn’t be the least bit surprised if multiple teams put in claims for him. “Unwritten rules” have another name: collusion.

  8. I can’t see why anyone would put in a claim unless they had a paper that Alexander signed in blood promising to re-sign with the claiming team next year. Why else would you pay a guy to stay on your IR all year and sign with someone else next year? If anyone claims him, DG looks quite brilliant.

  9. qdog112 says:
    Aug 25, 2015 10:23 AM
    Gettleman does it again. He gave away a 6th rd (Gaffney) pick last year to Belichick and somebody will take Alexander.

    He missed time last year for drugs, but was having a great preseason. Achilles is something that, once mended, is stronger post-op. Pass rushers are in the top 3 of most valuable positions.

    This is a mistake. The Hardy mistake looms even bigger. Dallas will benefit from that one.

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    so much fail in three paragraphs. Keeping Gaffney or Alexander would have cost a roster spot. It was a calculated risk to let Gaffney hit waivers. The Patriots jumped, paid his salary, and now he gets injured again in training camp and they ended up making the same exact decision. Guess Belichek is an idiot also.

    Keeping Alexander and opening another player that can contribute to be taken off our practice squad was the only move. Alexander showed promise as a pass rusher but was a liability against the run and did not follow the scheme. He is in the last year of his contract and had played 4 games in 2 years because of his love for weed. Yes, let’s keep him on the roster!

    And I don’t know what you are talking about regarding the mistake with Hardy.

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