The Miami Dolphins has extended Kiko Alonso’s contract to another four years. The new deal is reportedly worth $25 million for the young linebacker, according to latest NFL news.
The 26-year-old Alonso said that he is excited about playing for more seasons in Miami. The linebacker is already a journeyman in the NFL, playing with three different teams in his first four seasons in the league. Alonso was a member of the Buffalo Bills in 2013 and Philadelphia Eagles in 2015.
Alonso missed the 2014 season due to a torn ACL, and it affected his value in signing any big contract. However, the linebacker will now get his first huge deal in the NFL by signing early the contract extension.
“It means everything. This is where I want to be. I’m just excited that it’s official that I’m staying here,” Alonso stated to ESPN about his new deal. “I love my coaches, love my teammates. I know we’re building something special here, and I want to be a part of it.”
Alonso was just a “throw-in” in a previous Dolphins-Eagles trade. However, he showed he was just more than a trade filler by becoming one of the best defenders on the Dolphins roster.
Kiko Alonso, more than a trade filler
According to other NFL news, Alonso and the Dolphins had already talked about a contract extension right around the start of the 2017 offseason. Alonso was a restricted free agent (RFA) so Miami had to give a first-round tender so they won’t risk losing him to other teams. The move led to the extension and Alonso gets his four-year $25M contract.
Alonso, who played mostly the middle linebacker position last season, will be paired alongside Lawrence Timmons. Timmons was one of the offseason acquisitions for an active Dolphins’ squad in 2017 free agency.
Linebackers Timmons, Alonso to lead Dolphins’ defense
Like Alonso, Timmons is also a linebacker, the same position as the 26-year-old. However, the Dolphins had one of the worst ground game defenses last season and both Alonso and Timmons will be crucial in improving that aspect for Miami.
“I haven’t talked to him yet, but I’m definitely looking forward to playing with him. He’s definitely one of the guys who I admire the way that he plays. The guy is a great player and I definitely look forward to playing with him,” Alonso stated when asked about playing with another top defensive player like Timmons.
The Dolphins have been very active in 2017 free agency. So far, they have mostly re-signed their own free agents. Staying in Miami are Reshad Jones, Kenny Stills, and Andre Branch.