The Jets' interest in Alexander dates back to before the draft when the team originally brought him in for a visit. They've continued to monitor his market over the last few months, and as we approach the start of training camp, they remain interested.
The Athletic's Connor Hughes reported earlier in the week that the Jets "are still talking to" Alexander and that "a deal could happen before training camp."
Alexander is one of three notable free agents the Jets have brought in for a visit over the last few months. They weren't able to sign Larry Ogunjobi, but Alexander and Riley Reiff remain available.
At least according to Hughes, it's possible an Alexander addition is on the horizon.
Kwon Alexander is a perfect fit for the NY Jets defense
A fourth-round pick of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the 2015 NFL Draft, Alexander played some of the best football of his career in Tampa Bay, earning his first and so far only Pro Bowl nod in 2017.
He parlayed that success into a hefty four-year, $54 million contract with the San Francisco 49ers in the 2019 offseason, although his career in Santa Clara was mostly a disappointment.
Injuries continued to hinder Alexander's success and he'd end up playing just 13 games with the 49ers. From a torn ACL to a torn pectoral to a torn Achilles, Alexander's NFL journey has been one unfortunate injury after another.
He's played more than 12 games in a season just once in his seven years in the NFL, most recently missing time with an elbow injury this past season.
Still, it's easy to see why the Jets are interested. Not only does Alexander have experience with Robert Saleh dating back to their time together in San Francisco, but his skill set is tailor-made for Saleh's defense.
Alexander is fast, rangy, a little undersized, and everything the Jets look for at the linebacker position. He's proven that he can play at a high level when on the field, although injuries are the reason he's still available as we approach July.
Ultimately, Alexander would be a welcomed addition to a rather think linebacker corps. Counting on him to stay healthy for an entire season may be foolish, but there's no doubt he would improve the Jets' linebacker depth chart.