The Washington Times - March 13, 2013, 04:16PM

Former Redskins Pro Bowl special teamer Lorenzo Alexander left the team Wednesday afternoon to sign a three-year free-agent contract with the Arizona Cardinals, a source confirmed Wednesday afternoon.

Alexander later tweeted he had joined the Cardinals.


Washington loses one of the NFL’s best special teams tacklers and one of its top locker room leaders.

Alexander’s 21 special teams tackles, according to STATS, led the NFL last season. The sixth-year linebacker also had 32 defensive tackles, according to coaches’ review, 2.5 sacks and a fumble recovery.

He was the Redskins special teams captain for each of the last three seasons. He earned the respect of teammates by ascending from an undrafted free agent the Redskins signed to their practice squad in 2006. He came up as a defensive lineman and occasionally played offensive line early in his career.

Alexander transitioned to linebacker in the Redskins’ 3-4 scheme. As an inside linebacker, he played in sub packages and goal line situations last season.

He is the two-time defending Redskins media good guy award winner, given annually to the player who most helps media do their jobs.