Saints acquire 49ers’ Kwon Alexander

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

The San Francisco 49ers have traded linebacker Kwon Alexander to the New Orleans Saints. In exchange, the 49ers received linebacker Kiko Alonso.

In addition, San Francisco is also receiving a 2020 conditional fifth-round draft pick.

Former San Francisco 49ers linebacker Kwon Alexander amps up his teammates before their September 27th game against the New York Giants
Kwon Alexander amps up his teammates before their September 27th game against the New York Giants (Photo by Kwon Alexander/Instagram)

According to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, the 49ers wanted to trade Alexander after the Super Bowl loss to the Kansas City Chiefs.

The Saints will have to make Alexander nearly $900,000 to finish the season. He has two non-guaranteed years left on his contract.

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The first non-guaranteed year is worth $13.4 million for the 2021 season. The second non-guaranteed year is worth $13.5 million in 2022.

By making this move, the 49ers have added $3.9 million in dead cap salary onto their salary cap. In addition, they have saved $891,877 by trading Alexander.

In 2021, San Francisco will be responsible for a $10.4 million dead cap hit. Yet, they saved $6.1 million on their salary cap by getting rid of Alexander.

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The 26-year-old Oxford, Alabama native was a fourth-round draft pick in the 2014 NFL Draft by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He will now be joining his third NFL team.

He signed a four-year, $54 million deal, including $27 million in guaranteed money, in March 2019.

Alexander’s first season with the 49ers was stopped in November 2019 with a torn pectoral injury.

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This season, Alexander has appeared in 5 games, including five starts. He has had 30 tackles, including three tackles for a loss and one quarterback hit.

He has had 1.0 sacks and one forced fumble.

In his first season with the 49ers, Alexander appeared in eight games, including eight starts. He had 34 tackles, including two tackles for a loss and one quarterback hit.

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Alexander had a 0.5 sack, one forced fumble, an interception, and four pass deflections.

In his career, he has appeared in 59 games, including 59 starts. Alexander has had 444 tackles, including 36 tackles for a loss and 19 quarterback hits.

He has had 8.5 sacks, seven interceptions, including one returned for a touchdown; eight forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries, and 26 pass deflections.

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The 30-year-old Newton, Massachusetts native was a second-round draft pick by the Buffalo Bills in the 2013 NFL Draft. He will be joining his fifth NFL team.

Besides playing for the Bills and the Saints, he also played for the Philadelphia Eagles and the Miami Dolphins.

Alonso has not played for the Saints during the 2020 season. He was added to the physically unable to perform list by the team on September 5th.

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In 2019, he appeared in 13 games, including four starts with the Saints. He had 31 tackles, including three tackles for a loss and two quarterback hits. He also had one pass deflection.

The journeyman has appeared in 86 games, including 67 starts. He has had 588 tackles, including 30 tackles for a loss and 17 quarterback hits.

Alonso also has 3.0 career sacks, 10 interceptions, including one returned for a touchdown; seven forced fumbles, seven fumble recoveries, and 17 pass deflections.

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