Dolphins LB Kiko Alonso cleans out locker in anticipation of release
The Miami Dolphins are undergoing some noticeable changes under new head coach Brian Flores. According to Cameron Wolfe of ESPN, Kiko Alonso has already cleaned out his locker in anticipation of his release.
As the Dolphins continue to rebuild, the team is expected to release or trade their veteran players who no longer fit what they intend to do. Alonso will likely be one of a few veterans on the roster who will be playing for a new team in 2019.
Alonso began his career with the Buffalo Bills in 2013 as a second-round pick out of Oregon. In his rookie season, the athletic linebacker finished with 159 tackles, four interceptions, two sacks, and a forced fumble.
Just two seasons later, Alonso found himself being shipped off to the Philadelphia Eagles in a trade that sent LeSean McCoy to the Bills. Similarly to Alonso, McCoy is also being released by his current team.
The veteran linebacker’s time in Philadelphia didn’t last long. After just one year with the Eagles, the versatile linebacker was traded to the Dolphins.
Over the past three seasons, Alonso has been phenomenal for Miami as a leader in the middle of their defense. The Oregon product has accumulated 354 tackles, five interceptions, five fumble recoveries, and a sack in the past three seasons.
All 32 teams in the NFL are required to trim their rosters down to 53 players by 4 pm Eastern time on Saturday. The Dolphins have tried to find a trade partner for Alonso but haven’t found any suitors yet.
Although this may be true, Alonso will absolutely generate a ton of interest from teams if he is in fact released by the Dolphins on Saturday.