The Tampa Bay Buccaneers will turn to the 2019 NFL Draft to replace Kwon Alexander, who’s expected to sign a free-agent contract with the San Francisco 49ers.
The San Francisco 49ers intend to sign Tampa Bay Buccaneers linebacker Kwon Alexander to a monster multi-year deal, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
The four-year, $57 million deal will make Alexander one of the highest paid off-ball linebackers in the NFL, if only for a few days. Ravens free agent C.J. Mosely is expected to sign a contract that tops Alexander’s average annual salary.
The good news for the Buccaneers is that despite losing a player with Alexander’s obvious ability, they’ll have a chance to potentially upgrade the position in the NFL draft.
In my latest 2019 Mock Draft, I have Tampa Bay selecting LSU’s Devin White with the fifth overall pick. Now that Alexander is moving on to San Francisco, it feels like this pick is a virtual lock.
White is a freakishly talented athlete who dazzled at the 2019 NFL Combine. He ran a 4.42 40-yard dash, which only solidified his tape assessment as a player who can dominate in the NFL as a sideline-to-sideline force.
While he’s not quite the cleanest or surest tackler in the class, White plays with a tremendous amount of aggression and a contagious attitude. He was voted LSU’s team MVP in 2018 and was named captain in back-to-back seasons (2017-18).
The Buccaneers are already somewhat used to life without Alexander anyway. He tore his ACL last October and missed the final 10 games of the season. The 49ers are taking a huge leap of faith that his recovery will be smooth considering much of his game is predicated on speed.
White to the Bucs? Yeah, that seems about as close to a done deal as the NFL draft process will allow at this point.