Kwon Returns to Tampa in Week One
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers will open up the 2019 season against the San Francisco 49ers and they will have a familiar face on their 53 man roster. Kwon Alexander was drafted by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2015 and as a rookie made the PFWA All-Rookie Team. Kwon Alexander also was a pro bowler for the Buccaneers in 2017 and also as a Buccaneer Alexander had 380 tackles, but in 2018 recorded 7 sacks, 6 forced fumbles, 2 recoveries, 6 interceptions, and 1 defensive touchdown. Alexander was part of Lovie Smith’s last draft class as an NFL head coach and was signed to a four-year $2.75 million contract that included a signing bonus of $478,322.
During the 2018 season, Kwon Alexander started the first six games of the season before suffering a season-ending torn ACL in week 7. The Bucs decided to release Alexander during the change of coaching staff and on March 13, 2019, Alexander was signed by the San Francisco 49ers to a four-year $54 million contract that includes $27 million guaranteed. The Bucs will see Alexander in week one of the 2019 season on September 8th at Raymond James Stadium for 4:25 late afternoon meeting in Tampa.
With the Bucs switching to a 3-4 defense under first-year defensive coordinator Todd Bowles, I think Alexander would have fit in great at the Sam position and even at the Mike position. To be honest about Alexander coming back to play against the team who drafted him does it make you nervous to think that it’s possible that he might have a score to settle? As a fan, there is that usual anxiousness like for example, Warrick Dunn, returning to Tampa as a Falcon and John Lynch returning to Tampa as a Bronco.
Week one begins with not just a new, but also a positive era with new head coach Bruce Arians and personally, this is a very winnable game for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. I’ve noticed in recent history the Buccaneers have not had a good home-field advantage, especially against west coast teams, but since a new era is beginning, I sense a different outcome with Kwon Alexander’s return.