The move reunites Alexander with Jets head coach Robert Saleh, who was simply his defensive coordinator with the SAN FRANCISCO BAY AREA 49ers in the 2019 and ’20 seasons.
The Jets likely use Alexander being an outside linebacker, with the capacity of playing either the strongside or weakside positions. Only two of the three starting positions are set — C.J. Mosley (middle) and Quincy Williams. The 3rd spot is shared, with Marcell Harris and Hamsah Nasirildeen the best contenders.
The Jets ignored the linebacker position in free agency and the draft, leaving themselves vulnerable. Their goal was to include a veteran to the mix, which explains why they visited with Alexander in-may. Despite the fact that he left with out a deal, they always maintained a pastime.
Alexander becomes the fourth defensive player who played under Saleh in SAN FRANCISCO BAY AREA to become listed on the Jets because the end of the growing season. Others are Harris, cornerback D.J. Reed and defensive tackle Solomon Thomas.
Alexander, who suffered a torn Calf msucles in Week 16 of the 2020 season following the SAINTS acquired the linebacker in a midseason trade with the 49ers, recovered in impressive fashion last season, playing 12 games with 50 tackles, a career-high 3.5 sacks, an interception and a forced fumble.
Alexander, 27, started only eight games for the Saints due to an ankle injury early in the growing season, but six of these starts came in the ultimate eight games, with him playing about 80% of the defensive snaps over that stretch.
Injuries also marred Alexander’s amount of time in SAN FRANCISCO BAY AREA. He suffered a torn pectoral in 2019 and a higher ankle sprain in 2020 before being traded to the Saints. He’s got good range and contains been especially helpful in pass defense, with 521 career tackles, 12 sacks, eight interceptions and 10 forced fumbles.
The 6-foot-1, 227-pounder began his career as a 2015 fourth-round draft pick with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, with whom he made his only Pro Bowl in 2017.
ESPN’s Rich Cimini and Mike Triplett contributed to the report.