Kiko Alonso has requested a trade from Dolphins
It appears the Miami Dolphins might be making a move sooner rather than later. According to Tom Pelissero of NFL Network, linebacker Kiko Alonso requested a trade from the Dolphins during camp.
One name to watch this weekend: #Dolphins OLB Kiko Alonso, who requested a trade during camp, per sources. Miami starting over with new coach Brian Flores, and Alonso – who started all but two games over three seasons there – wants to move on.
— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) August 30, 2019
Kiko Alonso has spent five seasons in the NFL. In that time, he’s put up very solid numbers. However, a lot of people believe he hasn’t lived up to the hype that his rookie year created. This has led him to be considered somewhat of a let down.
However, that’s not really fair to Alonso. In hiis rookie year, he posted 159 tackles and two sacks, as well as four interceptions. Those aren’t numbers you should expect to see duplicated often.
Granted, his lone year with the Philadelphia Eagles wasn’t good, but he’s been solid since joining the Miami Dolphins in 2016.
In all three years with the team, Alonso has recorded 115-plus tackles. He’s combined for one sack, six forced fumbles, five fumble recoveries, five interceptions, 11 pass deflections and 15 tackles for loss.
Those are pretty solid numbers. Are they superstar stats? Probably not, but the narrative that Alonso is below average is overblown.
Yes, there are more than just stats. Alonso struggles sometimes when filling gaps or wrapping up a ball carrier, but his overall body of work is decent enough.
With that in mind, Alonso might not be happy with his role on the Dolphins or the direction he feels the team is heading in. Maybe he simply feels like he needs a change of scenery.
Whatever the case may be, it appears Kiko Alonso doesn’t want to be on the Miami Dolphins anymore. Now the question is if the Dolphins will grant that wish. It will likely all depend on the return they can get for him and if they feel they have a suitable linebacker corps on the roster without their leading tackler from 2018.