Saints free agent Kwon Alexander needs to be a top priority to re-sign

Leigh Oleszczak
Kwon Alexander, New Orleans Saints (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images)
Kwon Alexander, New Orleans Saints (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images) /
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The New Orleans Saints have 11 players set to become unrestricted free agents this offseason and linebacker Kwon Alexander is one of them.

Alexander, a former fourth-round pick out of LSU by the Buccaneers, has been slapped with the injury-prone label during the course of his seven-year career. It’s a fair label for Alexander, as he’s only appeared in all 16 regular-season games just once in his career, which was in 2016 (his second season in the league).

With that being said, however, Alexander is a really good player whenever he is healthy and able to take the field. The Saints learned that in the 2020 season when they traded for him midway through the season and saw him help their defense improve.

Unfortunately, Alexander was injured late in the regular season that year and missed the playoffs. Fans still desperately wanted him back for 2021 and when the team did end up re-signing him, it felt like the linebackers would be a major point of strength on the roster, which ended up coming to fruition.

Saints need to re-sign Kwon Alexander in free agency

Alexander is once again a free agent and New Orleans needs to do what they can to retain him. He did miss some time in 2021 but when all was said and done, he appeared in 12 games and made eight starts at linebacker. He’s a classic case for why you can’t put all of the stock into PFF grades because his input is definitely seen even if that grade doesn’t necessarily reflect it.

NOLA has Demario Davis and Pete Werner set to return in 2022 so they might not feel the need to shell out a bunch of cash to Alexander but they should still do what they can to keep him in a Saints uniform. He might be injury-prone but when on the field, Alexander helps the defense continue to be the well-oiled machine that it has been over the past few years.

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Hopefully, the injury history scares people away so the Saints can keep Alexander for the 2022 season and maybe beyond.

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