Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times reports that Buccaneers LB Kwon Alexander is expected to begin serving his four-game suspension this week for violating the NFL policy on performance-enhancing drugs.
- Stroud adds that Alexander will be eligible for the post-season if the Bucs secure a playoff spot.
- Ian Rapoport confirms that Alexander will drop his appeal.
Alexander, 21, was taken in the fourth round out of LSU by the Buccaneers. He’s in the first year of his four-year, $2,758,320 rookie contract that includes $478,320 fully guaranteed.
He’ll make base salaries of $435,000 (2015), $525,000 (2016), $615,000 (2017), and $705,000 (2018) over the remainder of the contract.
This season, Alexander has recorded 93 tackles, three sacks, two forced fumbles, a recovery and nine pass defenses over the course of 12 games for the Buccaneers. Pro Football Focus has Alexander rated as the No. 56 inside linebacker of 57 qualifying players this season.