ORCHARD PARK, NY – The Bills got their money’s worth out of linebacker Lorenzo Alexander in 2016. Playing on a one-year veteran minimum contract, the 33-year-old linebacker had a renaissance season and set himself up for a pay raise this offseason. He got it.
On Saturday, the 12-year veteran announced via Twitter that he’d be returning to Buffalo.
— Lorenzo Alexander (@onemangang97) March 11, 2017
WGR 550’s Sal Capaccio was actually the first to report the signing via Twitter, minutes before Alexander announced it.
Conversations between the Bills and Alexander have remained free flowing, particularly since the start of the new league year on Thursday. Numerous reports suggested that despite drawing interest from other teams, Alexander preferred to stay with the Bills.
Ultimately that came to fruition, on what ESPN’s Josina Anderson tweeted is a two-year deal worth $9 million. It includes $4.1 million in guarantees.
LB Lorenzo Alexander is returning to the #Bills on a 2 year deal for $9M. 4.1M guaranteed.
— Josina Anderson (@JosinaAnderson) March 11, 2017
The Bills signed Alexander last offseason expecting he’d make a splash primarily on special teams, however, injuries at linebacker during training camp, propelled Alexander into a starting role where he exceeded expectations. In his 12th season, Alexander had his best season, starting all 16 games for the Bills and recording career highs in tackles (76) and sacks (12.5). His performance resulted in a trip to the Pro Bowl.
With the switch from Rex Ryan’s 3-4 defense to Sean McDermott’s 4-3 scheme, Alexander’s new role is unclear at this point, but he profiles best as a SAM linebacker. Regardless, his veteran leadership and personality will remain valuable assets to the Bills, particularly in helping McDermott change the culture in the locker room.
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