Sources: Former Seahawk Alexander to visit Redskins, might join team

Updated: October 14, 2008, 10:53 AM ET
By John Clayton and Mike Sando | ESPN.com

The Redskins have scheduled a visit Tuesday with former Seahawks running back Shaun Alexander, and, if the meeting goes according to plan, Washington will sign him to a contract, according to two sources close to the situation.

Shaun Alexander

Alexander

Alexander, released by the Seahawks in the offseason, has visited the Saints, Bengals and Lions, but this appears to be his first real chance of landing a job. The opening was created when backup Ladell Betts suffered a knee injury in Sunday's game against the Rams.

Betts' injury isn't considered serious, but it appears he might miss a couple of weeks. Alexander could fill in until Betts is healthy and back up Clinton Portis. The fit is natural because Alexander worked with Redskins head coach Jim Zorn and running backs coach Stump Mitchell in Seattle.

Alexander, 5-foot-11 and 228 pounds, has been working out in Seattle during the first two months of the season waiting for a chance to sign with a team. He rushed for 9,428 yards in eight seasons with the Seahawks.

John Clayton

NFL senior writer

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