Alexander visit ongoing
Bengals coaches and executives are wrapping up a two-day visit this afternoon with former league MVP Shaun Alexander.
Alexander, a Boone County High School graduate from Florence, was released April 22 after eight seasons with the Seattle Seahawks.
He began a visit with the Bengals on Sunday and had dinner downtown that night with coaches, the team’s official Web site said. Today the team gave him a tour of Paul Brown Stadium, and Alexander underwent a physical. Alexander did pass a physical in Seattle before he was released, according to the Associated Press.
Discussions are very preliminary, and no real direction has been set by either side. More information might be available later today, though both sides are keeping quiet.
Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis had declined comment on the Alexander visit on Friday, the first day of rookie minicamp. No additional comment was available today from the club.
Agent Jim Steiner has not returned e-mail seeking comment, as well.
In 2005, when he was voted league MVP, Alexander set a league record with 28 touchdowns and a franchise record with 1,880 rushing yards. The Seahawks won the NFC title but lost in the Super Bowl to the Steelers.
After the MVP season, the Seahawks signed Alexander to an eight-year, $62 million contract, which included $15.1 million in guaranteed money. He would only see two years of the contract and was supposed to make a base salary of $4.475 million in 2008.
Alexander played in 13 games with 11 starts last season, missing three games with a sprained left knee. He played through a left wrist fractured in Week 1. In 2006, he missed six games because of a severely bruised left foot that eventually resulted in a fracture.
He will be 31 Aug. 30.