The Oakland Raiders added Oakland-native Lorenzo Alexander to the roster prior to heading to Seattle Wednesday afternoon for a Thursday night preseason tilt with the Seahawks. Alexander was released by the Arizona Cardinals shortly after their visit to play the Raiders in Oakland.
He was a team captain with the Cardinals and is highly regarded as a team leader and a special teams standout, recording 94 special teams stops throughout his career. He should add depth to the Raiders linebacking corps and veteran leadership to the special teams units.
The nine-year veteran played his college football at the nearby University of California at Berkeley. He entered the NFL as undrafted free agent with the Carolina Panthers in 2005, and after spending a year on the practice squad, he found his way to the Washington Redskins by way of a short stint with the Baltimore Ravens.
After six full seasons and 92 games with the Redskins, and a Pro Bowl appearance as a special teams performer, Alexander signed with the Cardinals. Alexander played in 19 games for Arizona before he was released.
Alexander also provides another solid, veteran presence in the Raiders locker room, as he was named the Washington Redskins' Walter Payton Man of the Year Award nominee twice (2010-11), and was also named the recipient of the team's Media Good Guy Award in 2010 and 2011 as well.
He played his college football in Berkeley after attending Saint Mary's College High School.