Former Eagles’ linebacker retires after just a few days back at training camp
Chip Kelly is remembered for several noteworthy moves in the NFL, none more infamous than trading Eagles’ All-Pro RB LeSean McCoy to Buffalo for LB Kiko Alonso.
Long story short, Alonso didn’t amount to much in his one lone season with the Eagles. He started just one game in 2015, recording 43 tackles and one INT.
Really convinced myself the Kiko Alonso trade was worth it after this. pic.twitter.com/6s0RgvcYBm— Victor Williams (@ThePhillyPod) March 8, 2020
Eagles GM Howie Roseman returned to power the next season and traded Alonso along with CB Byron Maxwell to Miami en route to drafting Carson Wentz.
Alonso went on to have three productive seasons with the Dolphins before spending his last year in New Orleans. After being removed from the game for two years, the 31-year-old was reportedly eyeing up a comeback.
According to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, the Saints had signed Alonso to their 90-man roster following a workout.
Reunion: Former #Saints LB Kiko Alonso worked out for New Orleans this morning and is expected to sign, source said. He hasn’t played since 2019, but is in shape and the Saints will take a shot given his familiarity.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) August 4, 2022
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Apparently, after just a few days back at camp, Alonso said fuck this and has decided to retire for good.
Kiko Alonso has retired, per source.— Brooke Kirchhofer (@brookechesney) August 6, 2022
The #Saints brought him in for one training camp practice, after playing the 2019 season in New Orleans. He’s decided to hang it up after 6 seasons in the #NFL @WWLTV
Alonso was drafted by Buffalo in 2013 and immediately put the league on notice with 159 tackles and four interceptions during his rookie season. Unfortunately, he missed the entire 2014 campaign due to injury, drawing even more skepticism to the aforementioned Alonso-McCoy swap.
The former DROY retires with 588 total tackles, 10 interceptions, and seven forced fumbles.
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