Posted Under: 2009, General / Analysis, Offseason, Reports, Rumors
The Patriots have locked up inside linebacker and key special teams contributor Eric Alexander to a one year deal, the Boston Herald reports:
Sources close to Eric Alexander, who is currently out of the country, have indicated that the linebacker and team have agreed in principle to a one-year contract, with bonuses.
Alexander, a member of the Patriots the past four seasons, was a restricted free agent. He played in just the season opener last year before ultimately being placed on injured reserve with a hamstring injury.
The Pats could have offered a low tender, at $1.01 million, or not tendered him, making Alexander an unrestricted free agent. Instead, the two sides have agreed on a new one-year deal that is lower than the tender.
This leaves Pierre Woods and Wesley Britt as the only restricted free agents left on the roster. As previously reported, Woods is expected to receive the 2nd round tender. Britt is not likely to receive a tender, thus making him an unrestricted free agent.