Plenty of big-name players succumbed to injuries and bad play throughout the 2019 season. The Steelers lost Big Ben, the Bengals didn’t have AJ Green again, and Houston’s J.J. Watt struggled to stay on the field once more.
As for the 49ers, they were without linebacker Kwon Alexander for half of the season and got him back just in time to play in the Super Bowl. This week, BetOnline.ag released their opening odds for the 2020 Comeback Player of the Year, and Alexander was included at 66/1.
Across the last two seasons, however, Alexander has played in just 14 games combined. After the Niners signed him to a 4-year/$54 million deal last offseason, the faithful were probably hoping for more than eight games during his first season in San Francisco.
Alexander is joined on the list by new teammate Trent Willams, who comes in at 80/1 odds. Williams was out of football for the entire 2019 season after refusing to play for Washington amid allegations that the team has never treated his lingering issues with enough care in recent years. During the 2020 NFL draft, the Niners were able to agree on a trade to bring the elite left tackle out to the west coast.
As an offensive tackle, it’s almost impossible to win awards like this. Still, should the Niners’ offense take a step forward this season, it’ll likely be due to the addition of Williams, and that may be enough to put him in the spotlight by voters.