The Bills handled one of the first things on their offseason to-do list Wednesday.
The team announced linebacker Lorenzo Alexander will return for 2019 on a one year deal. Alexander has played the last 3 seasons in Buffalo.
It’s a contract that comes as no surprise. Both sides had expressed interest in a reunion for 2019 before last season was over.
Alexander said via conference call Wednesday that the team wanted his leadership back and he wanted to get a deal done quick so his family knew where he would be next season.
The veteran was one of six team captains in 2018, and with the departure of Kyle Williams, he will likely take on an even bigger leadership role.
Alexander said continuity is a big part of the reason for the Bills’ success on defense under Sean McDermott. He added that playing for McDermott was incentive to return.
Like many Bills fans, Alexander is excited about an offseason that’s expected to be productive and the results it could yield next fall.
“We have a great opportunity. There’s no reason we can’t find ourselves in the playoffs. We are closer than what people think,” he said.
The 35-year-old finished 2018 with 74 tackles, 6.5 sacks, two interceptions and forced a fumble. He played in all 16 games last season and has not missed a game since coming to Buffalo in 2016.
Alexander said towards the end of 2018 that 2019 would be his final season, wherever he ended up playing. Although he did not close the door on football after next season, one final year still seems to be the plan.
“If you ask me today, this will be my last year,” Alexander said.
The Bills are happy to have him.