It is a situation that Redskins fans need to get used to over the coming weeks.

John Keim of the Examiner talked to Lorenzo Alexander and found out that the Redskins linebacker and special teams captain has rejected the Redskins’ initial contract offer.

“They offered me a deal but obviously at this point I’m not going to jump into it and sign right away,” Alexander said.

Nor should he. Alexander turns 30 at the end of May and this could well be his last NFL contract. He has one last chance to gain some security for himself and his family and the smart, responsible thing to do is to wait and see what other teams have to offer.

This development does not ensure that Alexander will be playing elsewhere in 2013. He is well aware of the Redskins’ precarious salary cap situation and he is willing to give the Redskins a hometown discount.

“I’m willing to take less for the Redskins, but they have to be close,” he said. “They can’t be way off.”

“I want to be here, but if I have to go I have to go. It’s part of the business.”

This situation is likely to be played out over the coming days with players like Fred Davis, Kory Lichtensteiger and perhaps with restricted free agents like Rob Jackson and Darrel Young. They will look at the Redskins’ initial contract offers and then see what else is out there. Some will be back and some won’t.