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.
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.