Report: Alex Anzalone agrees to three-year, $18.75 million deal to return to Lions

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The Lions are keeping linebacker Alex Anzalone, having agreed to a three-year, $18.75 million deal, Ian Rapoport of NFL Media reports.

The Lions also have Malcolm Rodriguez, Derrick Barnes and Anthony Pittman under contract for 2023 at the position.

Anzalone, a team captain, played 1,080 defensive snaps, which was 95 percent of the team’s defensive snaps in 2022. He made 125 tackles, including seven for loss, 1.5 tackles for loss and one interception.

He joined the Lions in 2021 after four seasons with the Saints, who made him a third-round selection in 2017.

In his career, Anzalone has played 69 games with 51 starts. He has 326 tackles, 6.5 sacks, three interceptions, 17 quarterback hits, 16 pass breakups and four forced fumbles.

7 responses to “Report: Alex Anzalone agrees to three-year, $18.75 million deal to return to Lions

  1. This one stings a little bit. Anzalone’s a good guy and plays with a TON of heart, but he’s a below-average to average linebacker in the league. $6M+ per year is really rich. Obviously, devil’s in the details and we’ll see what is guaranteed…

  2. Very athletic LB during his time with the Saints, his only problem was staying healthy. Best of luck to the kid.

  3. It looks like the Lions tried for Trumaine Edwards and lost. Then reacted to the market for LBs shooting up and moved for their 2nd choice.

  4. The Lions will probably go after either Drew Sanders or Jack Campbell in the draft.

  5. Hopefully they can somehow get Bobby Wagner and go after Jack Campbell in the draft. They need to upgrade their LB core badly

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