The Dolphins and linebacker Kiko Alonso have agreed to an extension, according to a source who spoke with Armando Salguero of The Miami Herald (on Twitter). It’s a three-year deal worth up to $29MM, an NFL source tells Joe Schad of the Palm Beach Post (on Twitter). That includes $18.5MM guaranteed. Alonso’s original deal, per the terms of the first-round tender assigned to him this offseason, was slated to expire after the 2017 season with a $3.91MM cap number.
The former second-round pick has yet to really cash in at the NFL level, but his new deal will likely change that. The 26-year-old (27 in August) has bounced around the NFL since entering the league in 2013. Alonso was dealt from the Bills to the Eagles in exchange for LeSean McCoy in 2015, and he was subsequently traded to the Dolphins along with Byron Maxwell last offseason. In between all of that, he missed the entire 2014 season due to injury.
In 2016, Alonso turned in one of his best seasons to date as he recorded 115 total tackles, two interceptions, and one forced fumble. He graded out as the 48th best linebacker in the NFL last season out of 87 qualified players, according to Pro Football Focus. His 72.9 mark was a huge improvement over his 2015 score, though not quite as strong as the 85.9 posting from his rookie year (2013).
Recently, he made it known that he has little interest in moving to outside linebacker in 2017. It remains to be seen what Miami has in mind for him, but his role was probably discussed before he signed on the dotted line.
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