Redskins Sign Shaun Alexander

Don’t call it a “Comeback”…former National Football League MVP and three-time Pro Bowler Shaun Alexander signed a one-year contract with the Washington Redskins on Tuesday. Alexander was signed to be the backup for workhorse back Clinton Portis, to fill the void left by a knee injury to RB Ladell Betts.

Alexander along with other backs like current Bengals running back Cedric Benson had been waiting for an opportunity since training camp and the Redskins seem like an ideal fit for the 2005 NFL season hero.  Alexander was already familiar with current Redskins head coach Jim Zorn and his west coast scheme from their days in Seattle together.  Zorn said of bringing in the former MVP,  “As soon as (Alexander) got to Redskins Park, we got him in shorts and took him out and worked him out. He looks fit. He has a lot of want-to in his attitude.”

I think playing for the Redskins is a great situation for Alexander as he will probably get 10 to 12 carries a game with an expectation that many will come near the goal line.  Now healed from a variety of injuries that slowed him in 2007, Alexander will bring his many years of experience to the ‘Skins and we will see if he has any gas left in the tank at age 31.  In eight NFL seasons all with the Seahawks, the former Alabama star running back, who currently ranks 25th on the NFL’s All-time rushing list, has compiled 9,429 yards rushing, a 4.3 yards-per-carry average, and scored 100 touchdowns.

**Note: With Redskins running backs Clinton Portis (hip) and Ladelle Betts (knee) nursing injuries expect to see a lot of Alexander in week 7 versus the Cleveland Browns.

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