Published: Tue, March 12, 2019
Sports | By Johanna Francis

49ers, Kwon Alexander agree to four-year, $54 million deal

49ers, Kwon Alexander agree to four-year, $54 million deal

The 49ers were in the market for a linebacker, and they chose to break the bank.

The 49ers and linebacker Kwon Alexander have reportedly agreed to a four-year, $54 million deal, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. For now, Alexander becomes the highest-paid off-ball linebacker in the NFL. The contract will not be official until free agency begins on Wednesday at 1 p.m. The Buccaneers selected him in the fourth round of the 2015 NFL Draft.

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Alexander, 24, has recorded 380 combined tackles, seven sacks, 22 passes defensed, six interceptions, a touchdown, and six forced fumbles through his four National Football League seasons.

The linebacker, who turns 25 in August, suffered a torn ACL in Week 7 but is expected to be fit for the start of the new season. As an inside linebacker, Alexander is not known as a playmaker but he does have six career interceptions, six forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries and seven sacks in 46 games. He also has a four-game PED suspension in his background that put him out for the final four games of his rookie season in 2015.

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