As expected, the Miami Dolphins have locked up their best linebacker with a one year restricted free agent tender. The first round tender will pay Kiko Alonso $3.91 million in 2017. If another team makes an offer for him, they would give up a first round draft pick, which isn't a likely scenario.
But the deal does assure the Dolphins of retaining Alonso for the 2017 season, and allows them to continue to work on a long-term deal. The team was working to do that, but with the deadline approaching for free agency, they went ahead with the RFA tender.
Alonso played very well in the middle last year, while carrying load with starters on the outside who had injury/ineffectiveness issues. Alonso is expected to play alongside new teammates in the Dolphins linebacking corps this year, either via free agent signings or the draft next month.
Alonso, 26, was acquired via trade from the Philadelphia Eagles last year, and led the Dolphins in tackles with 115. He also had two interceptions, returning one for a walk-off touchdown against the San Diego Chargers, and also forced one fumble and had four fumble recoveries on the year. The Dolphins also value Alonso’s relatability to the Cuban-American community.
This story was written by Eldon Jenson. Follow him on Twitter @EJFootball
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