The Chiefs and Seahawks Trade…….By Stephen Siracusa

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Updated: August 8, 2017

The Kansas City Chiefs have traded inside linebacker D.J. Alexander to the Seattle Seahawks for inside linebacker Kevin Pierre-Louis, the team announced Friday.

Pierre-Louis, 25, was a fourth-round pick of the Seahawks in 2014. The 6-foot, 230-pound Pierre-Louis did most of his work on special teams last season, logging 227 special-teams snaps in 13 games. He finished the season with 12 tackles and also logged 71 defensive snaps.

Alexander, a fifth-round pick in 2015, has developed into one of the league’s best special teamers. The 6-foot-2, 235-pound Alexander made the Pro Bowl as an alternate for his efforts on special teams in January, after a season in which he recorded 16 tackles and a forced fumble and logged 357 special teams snaps.

Alexander, 25, also made a start at inside linebacker following Derrick Johnson’s season-ending injury in December, recording four tackles in 19-17 loss to Tennessee. He lost the starting job the next week, however, as undrafted rookie Terrance Smith surpassed him on the depth chart and never ceded the position next to co-starter Ramik Wilson the rest of the year. Alexander finished the 2016 season with 48 defensive snaps.

Alexander has two years remaining on his rookie deal, while Pierre-Louis has one. He is slated to be a free agent after the 2017 season.