Redskins Pro Bowl special teamer Lorenzo Alexander intends to test the free agent market and does not plan on re-signing with Washington before 12 a.m. Saturday, he said Friday night.
“I’m going to listen to other teams’ offers and see if the Redskins are willing to match,” he said.
The agents for players whose contracts expire at 4 p.m. Tuesday are free to negotiate with other clubs beginning at 12 a.m. Saturday. Alexander is one of 14 such players who played for the Redskins last season.
Contracts with other teams cannot be finalized until the new league year begins Tuesday afternoon. This is the first time the league has included such a negotiating period before the start of the new league year.
Alexander prefers to re-sign with the Redskins, but because talks have not yielded a deal, he hopes the 87-hour open negotiating period will set a competitive market for his services.
He turns 30 on May 31, and he is mindful of the probability that this is his last chance at a multimillion-dollar contract that would establish long-term financial security for his family.
The six-year veteran led the NFL last season with 21 special teams tackles according to STATS. He also had 2.5 sacks and a fumble recovery as an inside linebacker in sub defensive packages.
Washington is believed to be approximately $3 million over the salary cap entering the weekend.