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Draft Scout Kiko Alonso News
08/21/16 - MLB Kiko Alonso had three tackles against Dallas but he still hasn't showed the speed and aggression he had as a rookie in 2013 (159 tackles). Alonso has flashed in practice but Miami needs him to play at a near-Pro Bowl level because its other two linebackers (Jelani Jenkins and Koa Misi) are fair to average.
06/02/16 - LB Kiko Alonso, who has battled knee problems the last three years, appears to be playing fast during OTAs, and that's a good sign for the entire crew. Alonso, projected as a three-down linebacker for Miami, has become good friends with fellow LB Jelani Jenkins. The two chat frequently and have gone out to eat together.
05/26/16 - LB Kiko Alonso, slowed by knee problems in recent years, seems to be covering lots of ground for Miami. "He looks good to me," head coach Adam Gase said. "He seems like he's around the ball a lot."
03/08/16 - Markdowns from former head coach Chip Kelly's 2014 offseason binge, CB Byron Maxwell and LB Kiko Alonso look to be following Kelly out the door with the Philadelphia Eagles.
NFL Network and Philly.com reported the Eagles agreed to deal Maxwell and Alonso to the Miami Dolphins, the latest in a string of major trades involving Philadelphia.
Last offseason, with Kelly manning the controls in personnel, the Eagles acquired quarterback Sam Bradford from the St. Louis Rams, shipped running back LeSean McCoy to the Buffalo Bills for Alonso and attempted to swing a major draft night trade geared toward bringing Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota to the franchise.
Trades cannot become official until Wednesday, the start of the new league year in the NFL.
Maxwell signed as a marquee free agent and left the Seahawks for $13 million in 2015, but Miami gets a veteran cornerback without having to pay the large signing bonus the Eagles shelled out. Maxwell is due $8.5 million in 2016 and $10.5 million in 2017, including $3 million guaranteed. Kelly doled out a six-year, $63 million deal to Maxwell, who had just six career interceptions and only two seasons as a starter in Seattle before crashing free agency and cashing in with Philadelphia.
His presence could be ominous for cornerback Brent Grimes barring a pay cut.
Alonso was limited last season by a knee injury after missing all of the 2014 season with a torn ACL.
12/27/15 - LB Kiko Alonso led the team with eight tackles on Saturday night against the Redskins but was burned time and again in coverage. On three of the Redskins' four touchdowns, Alonso was beaten on the play.