Bengals will add Mackensie Alexander

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The Bengals are doubling down on former Vikings cornerbacks.

They agreed to a deal with Trae Waynes on Tuesday and Tom Pelissero of NFL Media reports that they have agreed to terms with Mackensie Alexander on Thursday. The two players were teammates in Minnesota for the last four years.

It’s reportedly a one-year deal worth $4 million.

Alexander played 55 games after joining the Vikings as a second-round pick in 2016. He recorded 103 tackles, nine tackles for loss, 4.5 sacks, two interceptions and a fumble recovery.

In addition to welcoming two corners, the Bengals have said farewell to two others. Darqueze Dennard left for the Jaguars as a free agent and B.W. Webb was released.

25 responses to “Bengals will add Mackensie Alexander

  1. 14 mil per year for Waynes, 4 for Mac and they’ll again be in the same backfield. The talent gap between them is not that big. What could go wrong?

  2. Can they please go ahead and cut Dre Kirkpatrick already and get out from under that garbage contract?

  3. Looks like the Vikings are drafting early on multiple CB’s this year. Literally lost all 3 starting CB’s.

  4. I assumed the Vikings wouldn’t keep Alexander because they couldn’t afford him but they certainly could have given him $4 million for one year. He must have wanted to leave. He didn’t like being made a slot corner after he was drafted and even though he became pretty good at it, maybe he wanted a promise that he could play on the outside.

  5. Why so little $ for Mack? And why wouldn’t the Vikings try to retain him for that price? I don’t get it.

  6. Keeping our left guard for 3 million vs paying Alexander 4 million???? What’sup with that slick Rick?

  7. This is a great signing by the Bengals — Alexander is pretty good (I think rated 10th for slot CBs by PFF). I’m surprised he didn’t get more $. He clashed big time with Zimmer in his early years, but alter admitted the coaching made him better; however, when the Vikes played him the last game of the season and got hurt when all the other starters sat out, he was pretty steamed at the team. He wasn’t going to re-sign with the Vikes. This is a pretty big loss for the Vikes (much more than Waynes), and a good pick-up by the Bengals.

  8. Waynes was a good pick up by the Bengals. Alexander isn’t bad but he is okay. Good luck with the Bengals.

  9. I get the Vikings cutting Rhodes loose. I don’t get letting Waynes and Alexander walk. On top of that, Kearse is now gone, Anthony Harris is supposedly on the trading block. Meanwhile, Pat Elfein is still on the roster?

    This leaves Mike Hughes and Holton Hill as the starting CBs heading into the draft, and likely another first round CB pick.

  10. I thought they might keep him. They did a good job of hiding any problems or discontent and keeping most of it in house. Strangely low salary and even stranger, a one year deal. The league knew something we didn’t. This is a “prove it” sort of deal. So the rest of the league isn’t sold on his ability? It will interesting to see how he does there.

  11. Pretty sure Alexander is coming in to play the slot. Waynes and Jackson will be outside. He’s also being paid slot money not outside money. Glad to have him after losing Dennard.

  12. fwippel says:
    March 19, 2020 at 12:18 pm

    This leaves Mike Hughes and Holton Hill as the starting CBs heading into the draft, and likely another first round CB pick.
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    That sounds bad, but they’ll probably get the same production as last year at a much lower cost, and the players have potential to improve.

  13. Is anybody left in Minnesota? The team chemistry is going to be sorely tested next year, me thinks.

  14. Rick Spielman is a Magician says:
    March 19, 2020 at 2:06 pm

    That sounds bad, but they’ll probably get the same production as last year at a much lower cost, and the players have potential to improve.
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    Perhaps. If Hill can stay out of trouble off the field, he’ll be a solid starter, maybe even a future star if he takes to Zimmer’s coaching style. I’m not sold on Hughes yet, but I also think Zimmer is going to insist on taking a CB with one of those two first round picks. Truth be told, I’d rather see both of those picks go to our OL so we can actually block against some of the better DLs in the league.

  15. I actually like seeing most of these guys walk. The defense came up short in big games over and over last year. Most of the players had aged or slipped into mediocrity and adding a player or two wasn’t gonna cut it. They needed an overhaul and got it from the DC on down. This kid had the potential to improve but Waynes was high average, Playing good not great and he is probably at his ceiling. Basically the Bengals bought half of a secondary that under performed. I wish them all well but it was time to retool.

  16. At this pace we will be signing Coach Zimm before the start of training camp….

  17. He’s starting the year on suspension so he already fits in nicely with the Bengals

  18. Good gracious. At this pace, I’m beginning to think Zimmer will pull a norv turner mid-season back to cincinnati.

  19. Brobokil says:

    Looks like the Vikings are drafting early on multiple CB’s this year. Literally lost all 3 starting CB’s.
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    We didn’t lose all 3 starting CBs, we released an underperforming CB and let the other 2 walk.

    I believe Zimmer knows exactly what he’s doing and don’t expect him to take more than 1 CB in the first 3 rounds.

  20. highdimension2015 says:
    March 19, 2020 at 11:05 am
    14 mil per year for Waynes, 4 for Mac and they’ll again be in the same backfield. The talent gap between them is not that big.
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    Alexander ended last season with a knee injury

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