With the ongoing signing around the team, cornerback Mackensie Alexander is finally back to his former team after a year.
According to Alexander’s agent, Neil Schwartz, he has signed in for his comeback with the Vikings on a free-agent contract.
Indeed, the Vikings have welcomed yet another familiar face to the team for team building. Apparently, Alexander is the second addition to the team after cornerback Patrick Peterson.
As a matter of fact, Patrick signed a one-year deal with the team, which was worth $10 million.
Besides Patrick, the team has signed in Cameron Dantzler and Jeff Gladney. Also, their team has Mike Hughes, who is at the end of the contract this year.
Mackensie Alexander throughout the years
Initially, Alexander was first drafted as the 54th overall pick in the second round of the 2016 draft. As he entered the NFL with the Vikings, he spent the first four seasons with the very team.
For the 2020 season, he had signed a year contract with the Cincinnati Bengals, which was worth $4 million. During his tenure there, he had led the Bengals’ to their first victory over the rival Steelers since 2015.
As for his 2020 season’s record, Alexander has maintained 150 tackles, 4.5 sacks, 27 pass deflection, 3 interceptions, and a forced fumble. Glancing at his completion percentage, he had 68.4, while his coverage success rate was 45.6%.
Although Alexander posted an impressive figure in the game, he didn’t last long for the Bengals. To date, he has played 68 career games while starting only 20 of them.
Additionally, he is currently ranked 27th in the NFL in total defense, as he has 393.3 total yards allowed per game. Furthermore, he stands 29th in scoring defense, with 29.7 points allowed per game.
Coming out of Clemson, as he played and moved around the NFL, Alexander is back where he used to be. Just as many say, he is back “home.”
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The Minnesota Vikings right now
Currently, as the Vikings have signed in Alexander, it leaves them with a flexible inner team. However, regarding Alexander’s contract, they have yet to make the detailed information on it.
As of now, the Vikings only wish to keep Alexander in some other position, even with the running possibility that he could compete for the slot corner. In fact, they seem to have made a strengthening plan now.
With Peterson in cornerback, they have Jeff Gladney and Mike Hughes at the slot corner. Following it, they have a space in the free safety alongside Harrison Smith.
As for Mike Hughes, it is uncertain if he is to get an upgrade in his position, as it is his last season with the Vikings as per the contract. Also, moving Hughes would only save the Vikings $1.177 million in cap space.