Lorenzo Alexander and the Buffalo Bills have agreed to a one-year contract extension, the team announced on Wednesday morning. The team’s defensive captain and Walter Payton Man of the Year nominee will now stay in Buffalo for another year of mayhem.
The signing comes relatively early in the off-season, given that the team tends to take care of internal season reviews through the Senior Bowl at the end of the month. But mutual interest between both parties had been reported in December, making this deal an easy agreement.
Alexander signed with the Bills as a 32-year-old journeyman in 2016, but was a revelation from the get-go. He led the team with 12.5 sacks in that season, was selected to the Pro Bowl, and was chosen as the defensive MVP of the event. In his most recent season, Alexander notched 74 tackles, 11 tackles-for-loss, 6.5 sacks, ten quarterback hits, two forced fumbles, a fumble recovery, and two interceptions. His role as a versatile chess piece that could play anywhere from outside linebacker to defensive tackle was a significant factor in Buffalo’s smothering defense.
This is Alexander’s third contract in Buffalo. Three years ago, he signed a one-year deal for the league minimum, making less than a million dollars. After his breakout year he signed a two-year, $5.95 million pact in 2017. Terms of this deal are undisclosed at this time.