Alon-So Long: Dolphins Trade Linebacker Kiko Alonso to New Orleans Saints

The Miami Dolphins continued to get younger by trading star linebacker Kiko Alonso to the New Orleans Saints.

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Before I write this article, let me just say: I do not understand the Miami Dolphins.

First off, they are a team with so much talent (or at least they were before their roster overhaul). In the past, the Dolphins brought in big names like Ndamakong Suh, Wes Welker, and Mario Williams. Even with all of the past talent the Dolphins have acquired, that talent has never really translated into a large amount of success on the field. Since 2008, the Miami Dolphins have only made the playoffs twice (2008, 2016).

Speaking of another talented player that has not translated into success on the field for the Dolphins as a whole, take a look at Kiko Alonso. The Dolphins acquired Alonso from the Philadelphia Eagles in March 2016. While Alonso performed well in Miami, recording 125 tackles last season (second-highest single-season tackle mark in NFL career), the Dolphins were looking to get younger.

That is why earlier today, the Miami Dolphins traded away Kiko Alonso to the New Orleans Saints for linebacker Vince Beigel, the Packers’ fourth-round draft pick back in 2017. In this deal, the Saints get an excellent linebacker with years of expereince, and the Dolphins get a young linebacker who has the chance to start immediately.

Alonso will join a strong linebacking corps that includes former Carolina Panthers linebacker AJ Klein, former New York Jets linebacker Demario Davis, and Saints third-round draft pick Alex Anzalone. Beigel, in the mean time, will join former Ohio State linebackers Raekwon McMillan and Jerome Baker atop the depth chart.

The Alonso trade is one of many moves the Dolphins have made in the early stages of the 2019 NFL season, as they recently let go of Laremy Tunsil and Kenny Stills. I understand that the Dolphins are trying to get younger, and are creating salary cap space in the process, but the Dolphins are also getting rid of talented veteran players that could be helpful to mentor their younger players. The good news: the young guys have an immediate chance to start.

Alonso was just one player let go of by the Dolphins, but he was one of many. He was a reliable force in South Florida. He will now try and wreak havoc to NFC opponents in the Big Easy.

I do not understand what the Dolphins are doing. I sure hope it pays off.

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