With the team’s ongoing signings, cornerback Mackensie Alexander has returned to his former team after a year away. Alexander has signed a free-agent contract with the Vikings, according to his agent, Neil Schwartz.
Indeed, the Vikings have welcomed another familiar face to the team as part of their team-building efforts. Alexander appears to be the team’s second addition, following CB Patrick Peterson. Patrick, in reality, agreed to a one-year contract with the organization worth $10 million.
In addition to Patrick, the team has added Cameron Dantzler and Jeff Gladney. In addition, their club boasts Mike Hughes, whose contract expires this year.
Alexander was originally selected as the 54th overall pick in the second round of the 2016 draft. He spent his first four seasons in the NFL with the Vikings, where he made his debut. He signed a one-year, $4 million contract with the Cincinnati Bengals for the 2020 season. During his time there, he led the Bengals to their first victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers since 2015.
Alexander’s 2020 season stats include 150 tackles, 4.5 sacks, 27 pass deflections, 3 interceptions, and a forced fumble. He had a completion percentage of 68.4 and a coverage success rate of 45.6 percent. Alexander had an amazing stat line in the game, but he didn’t last long for the Bengals. He has appeared in 68 career games, starting only 20 of them.
In addition, he is now rated 27th in total defense in the NFL, with 393.3 total yards allowed per game. Furthermore, he ranks 29th in scoring defense, allowing 29.7 points per game. Alexander is back where he used to be after leaving Clemson and playing and moving about in the NFL. He has returned “home,” as many have said.
The Vikings now have a flexible inner team thanks to the signing of Alexander. However, they have yet to provide detailed information on Alexander’s deal.
Currently, the Vikings simply want to keep Alexander at another position, despite the chance that he may contend for the slot corner. In fact, they appear to have devised a new strategy for bolstering their position.
In addition to Peterson at cornerback, they have Jeff Gladney and Mike Hughes at slot corner. Following that, they get a free safety spot alongside Harrison Smith.
Mike Hughes, on the other hand, is unsure if he will be upgraded in his position because this is his final season with the Vikings per his contract. Moving Hughes would also save the Vikings only $1.177 million in cap space.