Extension for Eric Alexander

The Patriots have signed linebacker Eric Alexander to a one-year contract extension, Alexander's agent announced on his company's website. The extension means Alexander, one of the Patriots' core special teams players, is under contract through 2010.

Alexander, who entered Sunday's game tied for second on the team with eight special teams tackles, had been playing under a one-year contract which was set to expire after the 2009 season.

Alexander's base pay for 2009 has been increased to $953,571. His base pay for 2010 is scheduled to be $700,000. [Update, 11:05 a.m. -- Alexander receives a $125,000 signing bonus as part of the deal.]

The extension is the fifth struck by the Patriots and a player this season.

Offensive linemen Nick Kaczur (2012) and Mark LeVoir (2011), receiver Sam Aiken (2011) and outside linebacker Tully Banta-Cain (2011) have also signed or agreed to extensions (Banta-Cain's has yet to officially be filed).