The Minnesota Vikings are heading into a possible cornerback crisis in free agency, with Mackensie Alexander’s future with the franchise in doubt.
Mackensie Alexander’s future with the Minnesota Vikings appears uncertain as the cornerback heads into free agency this offseason.
The former second-round pick out of Clemson in 2016 has been used primarily as a slot corner during his time in Minnesota. Alexander has progressed with every passing year and he is sure to attract considerable interest on the free-agent market this year.
With Pro Bowler Xavier Rhodes heading for a possible release to ease salary cap concerns and Trae Waynes’ recent cryptic Instagram post also casting further doubt on his future, Alexander has a good hand to play during any upcoming contract talks with the Vikings.
Alexander started four of the 13 games he appeared in last season, recording 38 total tackles, an interception, and five pass breakups. In today’s pass-happy NFL, he is a real asset to have defending either on the outside or in the slot.
Whether Minnesota can muster up enough funds to entice Alexander into extending his stay in the Twin Cities is another matter. The Vikings’ current financial problems are there for all to see and some serious negotiating will need to be done in the days and weeks ahead to keep the franchise competitive next season.
There are plenty of big calls for Minnesota to make this year and Alexander’s status will be high on their list.