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The Bucs get an extra NFL draft pick, thanks to Kwon Alexander

The linebacker signed a four-year, $54-million contract as a free agent with the 49ers last spring
San Francisco 49ers linebacker Kwon Alexander poses for a portrait at Super Bowl Opening Night, Monday, Jan. 27, 2020 in Miami. (AP Photo/Doug Benc)
San Francisco 49ers linebacker Kwon Alexander poses for a portrait at Super Bowl Opening Night, Monday, Jan. 27, 2020 in Miami. (AP Photo/Doug Benc) [ DOUG BENC | AP ]
Published Mar. 10, 2020|Updated Mar. 10, 2020

TAMPA — Kwon Alexander was “legendary” with the NFC champion 49ers, but the Bucs were awarded a fourth-round compensatory draft pick in 2020 by the NFL Tuesday for losing their starting middle linebacker during free agency last spring.

Alexander, who was recovering from a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee, signed a four-year, $54-million contract with the Niners last March.

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With little salary cap room, the Bucs were a little wary of when Alexander would recover from the injury and were somewhat surprised by the large offer he received. They also carried through with a plan to draft LSU middle linebacker Devin White fifth overall in the 2019 draft.

Alexander played in eight games after suffering a torn pectoral muscle, finishing with 22 tackles, one half-sack and a forced fumble. He returned for the postseason, playing in the Super Bowl 54 loss to Kansas City.

The fourth-round pick for Alexander, whose catchphrase was “legendary,” for the Niners, is 139th overall.

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