Former Vikings draft pick finds a new home in the AFC East

(Photo by Cooper Neill/Getty Images) Mackensie Alexander
(Photo by Cooper Neill/Getty Images) Mackensie Alexander /

Former Minnesota Vikings cornerback Mackensie Alexander recently signed with the Miami Dolphins, after injuries opened up the door for the veteran.

Former Minnesota Vikings cornerback Mackensie Alexander has found a new home with the Miami Dolphins. The former Vikings 2016 second-round pick recently signed with the Dolphins after Trill Williams was moved to the injured reserve list.

Alexander was with the Vikings from 2016 to 2019 and later signed with the Cincinnati Bengals for the 2020 season. Last year, the former Clemson Tiger returned to Minnesota, joining a list of players that have had multiple stints with the team. The Naples, Florida native will now head home in hopes of staying with the Dolphins past the preseason.

Minnesota unofficially let Alexander know where they stood in the draft this past offseason when they selected another Clemson cornerback, Andrew Booth Jr., with the 42nd overall pick. The Vikings elected to go for depth and youth, and now Alexander leaves the team for a second time.

Mackensie Alexander and the Miami Dolphins will encounter the Minnesota Vikings this year

The Vikings and Dolphins will face each other on October 16th this season, and if Alexander makes it onto Miami’s 53-man roster, he’ll go up against Minnesota from the other side of the field. Interestingly enough, Alexander found himself in this situation when the Bengals defeated the Vikings in Week 1 of the 2021 season.

It’s highly unlikely Alexander will ever re-sign with Minnesota for a third stint, resulting in him joining other highly drafted cornerbacks by former general manager Rick Speilman that the team did not extend as Mike Hughes and Trae Waynes found themselves in the same position.

With Minnesota and Alexander parting ways, the only time a reunion may happen is this season in Week 9 at Maimi’s Hard Rock Stadium.

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