September 13, 2020; Santa Clara, California, USA; San Francisco 49ers middle linebacker Kwon Alexander (56) during the fourth quarter against the Arizona Cardinals at Levi's Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

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Reports: 49ers trade LB Alexander to Saints

The San Francisco 49ers traded linebacker Kwon Alexander to the New Orleans Saints on Monday, multiple outlets reported.

The 49ers will receive linebacker Kiko Alonso and a conditional fifth-round draft pick in the deal, according to an NFL Network report.

Alexander, 26, last played Oct. 11 and has since been recovering from a high ankle sprain. He returned to practice last week but did not play in the team’s 37-27 defeat to the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday. He has 28 tackles, one sack and a forced fumble in five games this season, all starts.

In six career seasons with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2015-18) and 49ers (2019-20), the former fourth-round draft pick in 2015 out of LSU has started all 59 games in which he has appeared.

Named to the Pro Bowl in 2017, Alexander has 405 tackles in his career with eight forced fumbles and seven interceptions, including one returned for a touchdown in 2016.

Alexander was signed to a four-year, $54 million contract in 2019.

Alonso, 30, has not played this season and is on the mend from ACL surgery in January. In six seasons with the Buffalo Bills (2013-14), Philadelphia Eagles (2015), Miami Dolphins (2016-18) and Saints, he has started 67 of the 86 games he has played with 533 tackles, 10 interceptions (one returned for a TD) and seven forced fumbles with seven fumble recoveries.

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