Fresh off an excellent playoff performance in Jacksonville, the Buffalo Bills' oldest player has no plans to retire.
Outside linebacker Lorenzo Alexander said he wants to be back in 2018 and aims to play in the NFL whether the Bills want him or not.
"Retirement's not on my radar quite yet," said Alexander. "I definitely want to get one more in. I really love this organization, really love what they've been able to build here. And I definitely want to continue to be a part of helping this organization take this next step – that's winning a playoff game and winning a championship."
Meanwhile, the Bills' second-oldest player, Kyle Williams, reiterated Monday that he has not made a decision on his future.
Alexander will be 35 on May 31. Williams will be 35 on June 10.
Williams' contract is up. But Alexander has one more year left on deal that would pay him a relatively modest $2.8 million next season. He realizes his return is dependent on the front-office's roster evaluation.
"I still got it," Alexander said. "I think most people know that. But at some point I will be 35 next year and they may decide to move on, and I'm OK with that because that's out of my control. I've done everything I need to do as a leader, as a player, the way I show up each and every day to earn a spot here. If they change their mind, that's OK. I've been in that situation before. I'll just continue to hold my head high because I laid everything on the field."
Alexander had a team-high 10 tackles and a sack in the 10-3 loss to the Jaguars Sunday. He played 47 snaps (above his season average of 39 a game) because the Jaguars used a lot of running formations, with two backs and/or two tight ends.
"Yeah, it was probably one of my better games," he said. "I got to play a lot. They played a lot of 12 and 21 personnel, that allowed us to be in base and just allowed me to be out there. It's a playoff game. They don't come around each and every year. I wanted to lay it all on the line."
Alexander finished the regular season with just three sacks, down from 12.5 in 2016. He was primarily an edge rusher last year. He was primarily a traditional linebacker this year. Alexander rushed the passer on 29 percent of his snaps and dropped into coverage on 29 percent, by News figures.
In a perfect world, the Bills would want to have someone younger and faster than Alexander in a starting or backup linebacking spot. However, there's a limit on how many holes the front office can fill in the offseason. Alexander brings versatility as a situational rusher. He also is an outstanding leader in the locker room.
"I feel good," he said. "My wife is all on board with me continuing to play. As long as I got a happy home, a happy wife, I can come to work every day and play free. I look forward to it."
Williams remained noncommital on his future. He has reached the end of a three-year contract that pays him an average of $7.4 million a year. He said he does not have a time frame to make a retirement decision.
"I'm grateful but I'm probably going to need a little more time," he said. "I'm still disappointed from yesterday and wish it could have gone a different way and felt like it was right there. So to come up short is tough."
There were roughly 45 players out of 1,696 in the NFL age 35 or older at any given point this season. There were five 40-or-older players in the NFL. The only non-kicker in that group was New England's Tom Brady.