The Pittsburgh Steelers have signed former Pro Bowl linebacker Kwon Alexander to a one-year deal, bolstering their defensive roster for the upcoming 2023 NFL season.
Kwon Alexander was originally drafted in the fourth round of the 2015 NFL Draft and spent his first four seasons with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
In 2017, Alexander achieved Pro Bowl honors after leading the league with an impressive 108 solo tackles.
After a successful 2019 season, where he helped the San Francisco 49ers reach the Super Bowl, Alexander was traded to the New Orleans Saints during the 2021 season.
During the 2022 season, Alexander played for the New York Jets, recording 69 tackles in 12 starts over the course of 17 games.
injuries have been a challenge for Alexander throughout his career. He played in just 14 games during the 2018-19 season due to knee and chest injuries, and a torn Achilles ended his 2021 season prematurely.
The Steelers have undergone significant changes in their inside linebacker corps for the 2023 season. They parted ways with Robert Spillane, Devin Bush, and Myles Jack and signed free agents Cole Holcomb, Elandon Roberts, and Tanner Muse to replace them.
Cole Holcomb and Elandon Roberts are expected to be the starting inside linebackers for the Steelers in 2023, with Tanner Muse and Mark Robinson serving as backups.
Alexander officially joins the Steelers, he will be the second player from the 2022 Jets to sign with Pittsburgh this offseason, following the acquisition of former New York guard Nate Herbig in free agency.
The Steelers also added to their linebacking depth by drafting former Wisconsin outside linebacker Nick Herbig in the fourth round of the 2023 NFL Draft, further solidifying their defense for the upcoming season.