Alexander announced Monday that he intends to retire from the NFL, Leo Roth and Ryan Miller of the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle report.
Alexander will continue to start in Buffalo's linebacker corps during the team's playoff run, but he won't return for the 2020 season. The veteran linebacker recorded 55 tackles (35 solo), two sacks and nine defended passes across 16 regular-season contests in 2019, and he'll now turn his attention to Saturday's wild-card matchup against the Texans.
Alexander posted just one tackle during Sunday's win over the Dolphins while playing a season-low 35 percent of the defensive snaps.
The veteran wasn't hurt, but the Bills worked (effectively) with a nickel defense for much of the afternoon and that's the package where Alexander usually sits. Meanwhile, fellow linebackers Matt Milano and Tremaine Edmunds were all over the field. Alexander has 39 tackles, 2.0 sacks and eight passes defensed in 2019, but the aforementioned two players are on the field more and tend to pick up more stats, even though Alexander is the best pass rusher of the three.
Alexander notched 10 tackles (five solo) and one defended pass during Sunday's win over the Dolphins.
Alexander posted his highest tackle count of the season in Week 7. The veteran linebacker continues to perform at a high level and is a solid IDP option in deeper IDP formats.
Alexander made six tackles (five solo) and a sack in Sunday's 14-7 win over the Bills.
The 36-year-old linebacker sacked Marcus Mariota on third down in the second quarter, forcing the Bills to punt from their own three-yard line. Alexander still has plenty left in the tank with 21 tackles and two sacks through the first five games.
Alexander posted four tackles (two solo), 0.5 sacks and a pass breakup in Sunday's 17-16 win over the Jets.
Alexander played in 26 of 72 defensive snaps (36 percent), which is quite unusual for the veteran linebacker, but he made good use of his time. It's unclear if this role will be consistent for Alexander in future weeks, but if it is it will be tough for the 36-year-old to match the 74 tackles and 6.5 sacks he recorded last year.
The Bills re-signed Alexander to a one-year contract Wednesday, John Murphy of the team's official site reports.
Alexander will turn 36 in May, but his play hasn't tapered off a bit. He posted 68 tackles, 6.5 sacks, two interceptions, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery in 2018 and the Bills could really use his veteran leadership with defensive tackle Kyle Williams already announcing his retirement. Alexander had some big IDP performances down the stretch after Matt Milano suffered a broken leg, though the veteran will likely take on a more restricted play count when the linebacking corps is at full strength. The Bills have preferred to use Alexander in a hybrid role that creates opportunities for him to rush the passer.
Alexander posted a season-high 15 tackles and an interception in Sunday's loss to the Patriots.
Alexander is 35 years old but playing like a man 10 years younger, even taking on a higher play count following the season-ending injury to Matt Milano. He was on the field for a whopping 73 plays Sunday, and we'd expect another robust workload next week when he finishes out the season against Miami. The way the veteran has played (68 tackles, 6.5 sacks, two interceptions, one forced fumble, one fumble recovery), the Bills might be begging him to come back in a hybrid role in 2019, one where he'll continue to be a leader for what's been a strong defense this season.
Alexander recorded one tackle -- a sack -- in Sunday's loss to the Dolphins.
Alexander has now recorded a sack in back-to-back weeks. On the season he's tallied 46 tackles, including 6.5 sacks. Looking ahead, Alexander and the Bills play the Jets in Week 14.
Alexander recorded eight tackles (seven solo), including a sack, and two passes defensed in Sunday's win over Jacksonville.
Alexander hasn't slowed down much in his age-35 season. His seven passes defensed this year are a career high and he's still a consistent tackler and pass rusher. He has 45 tackles and 5.5 sacks through 11 games this season. He'll look to continue his quality play into Week 13, when the Bills play the Dolphins.
Alexander (rest) was listed as a limited practice participant Thursday after being given the day off Wednesday, the Bills' official site reports.
The 35-year-old is likely to return to a full practice Friday, as the Bills are just trying to rest up the hard-working veteran (one that posted two sacks and six tackles in Monday's loss to the Patriots) during a short week.
Alexander recorded six tackles (five solo), two sacks and one forced fumble during Sunday's 25-6 loss to the Patriots.
Alexander was all over the field Sunday, making his presence known as one of the consistent bright spots on Buffalo's defense. The 35-year-old played 58 defensive snaps after not exceeding 40 since Week 1, and will look to log another strong showing in Week 9 against the Bears.
Alexander posted four tackles (three solo), 1.5 sacks, an interception and a pass defensed in Sunday's loss to the Texans.
Alexander may fall just under the IDP radar, but if anyone's playing in a "35 and over league" the veteran is certainly a beast. On the season, he's posted 28 tackles, 2.5 sacks, one interception and one fumble recovery. While rookie Tremaine Edmunds is the Bills' linebacker to own, Alexander is still proving quite valuable to the team even at his advanced age. Even more impressive is that Alexander posted all that Week 6 production on just 20 defensive snaps.
Alexander totaled just one tackle during Sunday's 27-6 win over the Vikings.
The Bills stifled Kirk Cousins and the Vikings from the beginning of the game, forcing him to throw 55 times. The Vikings rushed just six times in the entire game, explaining why Alexander's tackle total is so low. Expect Alexander to be more involved in Week 4 against the Packers.
Alexander was a non-participant in Wednesday's practice.
Alexander was given a rest day heading into Week 2's matchup against the Chargers on Sunday. The 35-year-old managed eight combined tackles in the Bill's season opener against the Ravens, in which Buffalo's defense fell apart at the seams. The linebacker was mostly used in run defense Week 1 and looks likely to continue in that role as the season progresses. While Alexander likely won't come close to his 12.5-sack 2016 season, he should continue to be a reliable accumulator of tackles.
Alexander said Monday that he intends to keep playing in 2018, Jadon Ceravolo of the Bills' official site reports. "I mean, that's the plan for me," Alexander said. "Obviously, the organization has to make a decision on whether or not they want to keep me. Then once that happens, I have to earn my right back on this team."
After coming out of nowhere to produce 12.5 sacks in his first season with the Bills in 2016 at age 33, Alexander took a step back in 2017 as he was used more in run defense under a new scheme compared to his pass-rushing ways in 2016. However, he was still an effective contributor with 74 tackles (59 solo), three sacks and three forced fumbles in 16 games. The linebacker remains under contract through the 2018 season, and given his reasonable $3.4 million cap hit, it would be surprising if the Bills cut him during the offseason. That being said, Alexander could end up ceding more frequent snaps to the team's younger reserve linebackers as the Bills -- assuming they want him back -- try to keep him as fresh and effective as possible.
Alexander accrued nine tackles (six solo) against the Saints on Sunday.
The veteran linebacker now has 56 tackles (43 solo) through nine games, putting him on pace for 100 tackles this season. However, Alexander has recorded just two sacks this season, which is nothing compared to the monstrous 12.5 sacks he racked up in 2016.
Alexander played 36 defensive snaps in Sunday's win over the Raiders, logging three tackles and a forced fumble.
Alexander's owners in IDP leagues shouldn't be too concerned, as the Bills were comfortably ahead in the second half and felt it was a good chance to give the 34-year-old some rest. The linebacker remains productive with 42 tackles, three forced fumbles and two sacks on the season, though with fellow starter Ramon Humber coming back soon from a thumb injury, rookie Matt Milano -- who's been turning heads for weeks -- could start to sub in for both starters more often in an effort to keep them healthy. It's also apparent Alexander isn't going to be the sack monster he was in former head coach Rex Ryan's defense, as he put up 12.5 last season, despite his limited impact as a pass rusher in his previous NFL campaigns.
Alexander recorded eight tackles (six solo) in Sunday's 30-27 win over the Buccaneers.
Alexander is putting together a solid season thus far with 39 tackles (29 solo), two sacks and two forced fumbles through six games. The Bills will take on the Raiders at home in Week 8.
Alexander posted seven tackles and a forced fumble in Sunday's 20-16 loss to the Bengals.
The 34-year-old continues to play like a man 10 years his junior, with 30 tackles, two sacks and two forced fumbles through five games. He's receiving a near full allotment of plays as well, with 125 snaps over the last two weeks, something that should continue with fellow outside starter Ramon Humber out for foreseeable future. Alexander won't reach the 12.5 sacks that came out of nowhere last season, but he'll remain productive as a secondary IDP.
Alexander had two tackles (both solo) and a sack in Sunday's win over the Broncos.
Alexander recorded his second sack of the season and continued his hot start as the Bills defense frustrated Trevor Siemian on Sunday afternoon. The 34-year-old and the Buffalo defense will try to contain Matt Ryan and the Falcons in Week 4.
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