Alexander said he was at peace with the decision to walk away about halfway through the season, but he’s now 100 percent certain about it. He plans to spend more time with his family while continuing charitable work in western New York.
Alexander, 36, originally signed on with the Panthers as an undrafted free agent out of back in 2005. He spent just over one season in Carolina before playing for a number of teams including the Ravens, Redskins, Cardinals and Raiders.
The Bills elected to sign Alexander to a one-year, $885,000 contract back in 2016 before later agreeing to a two-year, $9 million deal the following year. He returned to Buffalo last January on a one-year, $4.55 million deal.
For his career, Alexander recorded 467 tackles, 33 sacks, 12 forced fumbles, four recoveries, three interceptions and 31 passes defended over the course of 13 seasons and 191 games played. He was a two-time Pro Bowl selection.