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Shaun Alexander | Running Back

Team: Washington Redskins
Age / DOB:  (40) / 8/30/1977
Ht / Wt:  5'11" / 225
College: Alabama
Drafted: 2000 / Rd. 1 (19) / SEA

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Free agent Shaun Alexander reiterated in an interview with 106.7 The Fan in D.C. that he wants to keep playing football.
"I am as strong and as explosive as I've ever been right now," said Alexander, who turns 32 on Sunday. "If somebody needs somebody to get in the red zone and do some work, I could probably still do that pretty well." We'd love to see a forty time on the guy. There's a reason that no teams are calling. Thu, Aug 27, 2009 01:44:00 PM

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Free agent RB Shaun Alexander again said he's not retired and wants to play in the NFL this season.

Yeah, we know Shaun. You want to play and we want to live on the moon. Until Edgerrin James and Warrick Dunn get jobs, Alexander is very unlikely to garner interest. But he probably won't stop telling us he has "a few good years left."
Tue, Aug 11, 2009 09:23:00 AM

Free agent Shaun Alexander says he hasn't ruled out a return to the NFL.

The rest of the league has, but Alexander isn't ready to admit it. The 32-year old says he's had "preliminary talks with a few teams." Alexander spent part of last season with the Redskins, finishing with 11 carries for 24 yards.
Wed, Jul 8, 2009 10:16:00 PM

Free agent Shaun Alexander is working out in New Jersey in hopes of re-signing with the Redskins.

Alexander, 32 in August, just wants a shot for the minimum pay. "I think that if a team gave me a shot, I think that they would be so pleased," he said. "They would feel like they got a ticket to have somebody that could play really, really well for nothing. I think that would shock a lot of people."
Thu, May 14, 2009 04:41:00 PM

Redskins released RB Shaun Alexander.

Alexander sounded re-energized and grateful to be back in the league, but scouts agree the game has passed him by. If old buddy Jim Zorn wouldn't hold onto him, he's probably not getting another job. Alexander finished with 11 carries for 24 rushing yards in four games. The 2005 MVP is seventh all-time in rushing scores, but is unlikely to get serious Hall of Fame consideration.
Tue, Nov 25, 2008 02:36:00 PM

Shaun Alexander rushed six times for 11 yards and caught one pass for nine yards in Week 8 against the Lions.

Alexander was on the field quite a bit in the first quarter, causing Clinton Portis and coach Jim Zorn to have a minor incident on the sidelines, but did nothing with his early work and sat for most of the second half. However, he could be thrust into an increased role if Portis' fourth-quarter injury proves serious.
Sun, Oct 26, 2008 04:22:00 PM

Shaun Alexander rushed three times for eight yards in his Redskins debut Sunday against the Browns.

Alexander got three touches to Rock Cartwright's four off the bench and will remain third on the depth chart until Ladell Betts (knee) returns.
Sun, Oct 19, 2008 07:30:00 PM

Rock Cartwright, not Shaun Alexander, will be Clinton Portis' backup running back initially.

Alexander will work into the backup role while Ladell Betts is out. Coach Jim Zorn also indicated that Betts would likely get the backup job back when he gets healthy. Alexander's stay is unlikely to have a fantasy impact. "This thing could be temporary, or it could run the entire season," Zorn said.
Wed, Oct 15, 2008 09:21:00 AM

Adam Schefter of NFL Network reports that the Redskins have signed RB Shaun Alexander to a one-year contract.

Ladell Betts' knee injury gives Alexander at least a couple weeks to back up Clinton Portis, but he's unlikely to have any fantasy value. Redskins boss Jim Zorn coached quarterbacks in Seattle when Alexander was in his prime, so he knows how far he's fallen. Don't expect more than a handful of touches unless Portis gets banged up.
Tue, Oct 14, 2008 03:52:00 PM

According to the Washington Post, the Redskins are expected to sign Shaun Alexander to a one-year contract.

The newspaper reports that Alexander's tryout Monday went well and he would be in line to back up Clinton Portis while Ladell Betts is out with a knee injury.
Tue, Oct 14, 2008 02:34:00 PM

Free agent Shaun Alexander will visit the Redskins on Tuesday.

Alexander will take a physical and's Adam Schefter says he could be signed by the end of the day. The Washington Post also has the news. Jim Zorn coached the QBs in Seattle when Alexander was there, so knows Alexander and his limitations well. The Skins are interested because Ladell Betts will miss two weeks with a knee sprain. Alexander wouldn't be worth owning in fantasy leagues even if he signed.
Mon, Oct 13, 2008 09:03:00 PM

ProFootballTalk is reporting that free agent RBs Shaun Alexander and Cedric Benson visited with the Lions on Tuesday.

Despite his inconsistent carries, rookie Kevin Smith has flashed talent and looks good in the passing game. Perhaps the lack of bounce in Rudi Johnson's step has the team looking to upgrade behind Smith. Alexander had predicted an imminent signing over a week ago, but there's been little league-wide interest Benson. We wouldn't rush to the waiver wire to acquire either one.
Tue, Sep 16, 2008 09:31:00 PM

Free agent Shaun Alexander told the Associated Press Friday that he has no plans to retire and his signing with a team is "imminent."

He says he's got "a constant flow of calls" from several teams, including the Bengals. "They want me to be Tres Siete," Alexander said, referring to his No. 37 and making a wordplay on Ocho Cinco. His odds of catching on will go up after Week 1 because teams won't have to guarantee his salary, but Alexander wouldn't be a clear upgrade over any current Bengals back.
Fri, Sep 5, 2008 10:47:00 PM

NFL Network's Adam Schefter reports that Shaun Alexander and Travis Henry have received very little interest on the free agent market.

Perhaps this will change when teams incur injuries in camp, but after LaMont Jordan is cut, Alexander and Henry may be the fourth and fifth most desirable RBs on the market (also behind Kevin Jones and Cedric Benson). Schefter says Alexander, who turns 31 soon, will have to sign for the minimum to play. His career could be over.
Thu, Jun 26, 2008 07:08:00 PM

NFL Network's Adam Schefter reports the Bears have no plans to "do anything dramatic" at the running back position before training camp.

It doesn't help that the Bears lost cap space when they cut Cedric Benson and still have Devin Hester and Tommie Harris to sign to extensions. If they do sign a veteran, they may only be able to offer the minimum. Ron Dayne might be their best bet. Shaun Alexander and Kevin Jones' asking prices are unknown, but figure to be higher.
Mon, Jun 9, 2008 07:30:00 PM

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