Lorenzo Alexander Says he isn’t Offended by Low Initial Offer from Redskins, Admits that Legal Proceedings Could Cause a DelayFebruary 28, 2013 – 6:30 am by Brad Gagnon
We’re starting to hear from impending NFL free agents who seem to be frustrated by the lack of interest they’re receiving from their teams. Josh Cribbs voiced his frustration earlier this week, Martellus Bennett said he wasn’t feeling enough love, and Lorenzo Alexander was disappointed by the Redskins’ initial offer.
Lorenzo Alexander joined Inside the Locker Room on ESPN 980 in Washington, D.C., to discuss his contract negotiations with the Redskins, his feelings toward the team and how a potential legal battle could be impacting the process.
On receiving what he perceived to be a low-ball offer from the Redskins:
“Obviously it’s a process. It’s a negotiation process and, being a business owner myself, every time you’re going to hire employees you just don’t throw out the highest number. You’re going to see what they’re willing to take. Obviously the Redskins, we have a cap issue as well. So it’s all part of the business and the process. They didn’t offend me or anything; it’s just something that I feel that I can wait on and see if something else comes out as far as other teams being interested. And once that happens, then you can see where the Redskins stand. Anybody that’s ever had to go through this contract negotiation understands the game of leverage and who has it, and whatever the market value is for me it’ll be set, and I’m not gonna try to ask something more than that. But I need something that’s gonna be fair to me and my family. What I’ve done on the field has kind of proven that I have some value in this league and will continue to have it over the next three, four years of my career.”
On if he feels appreciated:
“I don’t feel like I’m not appreciated. Obviously, the front office stepping up and paying me really shows it, but the fans and my teammates, like you said, and the coaches understand what I do and what I bring to the table every day. And that goes a long way in my mind, but at the same time, it is a business and you gotta find a balance of the two and figure out what’s best for myself and the family.”
On the process potentially being delayed by the possibility that the Redskins make a legal challenge against the cap sanctions imposed on them by the league:
“It’s going to be a little bit of time. I know, obviously, they have that legal situation that they’ve been thinking about, filing the injunction and trying to see if they can get some money back as well. So it’s a lot of things playing into the decision and it’s all about being patient.”