The Arizona Cardinals had set their sights on improving their linebacking corps this offseason, with plans to make runs at some of the bigger names available on the market.
Well, one name that had been a favorite for the Cardinals throughout the pre-free agency period was Kwon Alexander.
That dream is gone, as the San Francisco 49ers, the Arizona Cardinals division rival, just gave Alexander a massive four-year contract.
Source: The #49ers are signing LB Kwon Alexander to a 4-year deal worth $54M.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) March 11, 2019
Alexander is a young, athletic linebacker who has put together some huge seasons while in Tampa Bay. However, he has struggled with injuries and ineffective play over the the 2018 season which made the Bucs and their cash strapped team a little hesitant to pay the price that Alexander would be seeking.
Now the linebacker market is still flush for the Cardinals, but they may be out on the other big name as well, as C.J. Mosley is getting a look from the Washington Redskins:
The #Redskins are actively shopping several players -- including LBs Zach Brown and Mason Foster -- in trade talks and are strong players for C.J. Mosley, sources say. #Ravens have hoped to retain him, but Mosley has a huge market. Washington would need cap space to do it.— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) March 11, 2019
A player like Zach Brown from the Skins would maybe be a smart move for the Cardinals, as he is due about $13 million over the next two seasons and has played well in Washington: