Lorenzo Alexander hopes to re-sign in Washington and perhaps even finish his career here. But like many other Redskins whose contracts are set to expire, the Pro Bowler is well aware that the team is facing a salary cap penalty in 2013 and, as a result, he could face a tough decision in the coming months.
“There’s obviously uncertainty as far as where I’m going to be,” Alexander said Tuesday. “I would love to stay here. I know that the $18 million cap [penalty] is going to hurt as far as what they’ll be able to give me.”
“But at the same time, a lot more goes into [the decision] than just money,” he added. “My family is here. Me and my wife have decided we’re going live here when I’m done. We have a business here. I’m very entrenched here in the community and I love this area.”
Alexander, who will be entering his seventh pro season next fall, earned his first Pro Bowl invitation last month for his standout play on special teams. Playing on every unit, the 29-year-old captain led the league with 21 tackles.
As a reserve linebacker, meantime, Alexander recorded 47 tackles, 2.5 sacks and an interception.
He just completed a three-year, $3.8 million contract. And, based on his Pro Bowl selection and increased role on defense, he could be in line for a raise.
Which brings us to the “tough decision” part of the equation. Alexander could be attractive to a number of teams looking for a veteran free agent to shore up their special teams. It’s also possible he could be offered a starting job at linebacker.
“I have to do what’s best for my family,” Alexander said. “If another team comes in and says we want you to start and we’re going to give you ‘X’ amount of dollars, and the Redskins, because of the lack of funds can’t match it, I might have to go somewhere else.”
Alexander also said he’s received assurances from Coach Mike Shanahan that the Redskins intend to be “competitive” when bidding for his services.
“That’s all you want to hear and that’s all you can ask for,” Alexander said. “But at the same time you understand it’s a business."