Kwon Alexander, former LSU linebacker, agrees to $54 million deal with 49ers

Grading the move Gamble doesn’t seem worth risk for 49ers in signing LB Kwon Alexander

According to published reporters, the 49ers agreed to contract terms on Monday with Foster's replacement - free-agent linebacker Kwon Alexander, who played the first four seasons of his career with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

The two sides reached a deal quickly after teams were allowed to contact pending unrestricted free agents, a person familiar with the contract said.

The San Francisco 49ers are improving their defense. Since this is the "legal tampering" window, the contract can be signed and finalized on Wednesday. For now, Alexander becomes the highest-paid off-ball linebacker in the NFL.

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His most productive season came in 2016, when his 108 solo tackles led the league, and he ended the 2017 season with a spot in the Pro Bowl.

Alexander, 24, is entering his fifth season in the league. The Buccaneers selected him in the fourth round of the 2015 NFL Draft. The problem? Alexander has missed 14 games due to injury in the past four seasons and another four for violating the NFL's policy on performance-enhancing substances.

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