Dolphins to use first-round tender on Kiko Alonso

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The Dolphins would like to sign linebacker Kiko Alonso to a long-term contract, but no deal is done at the moment and the team is moving to make sure that Alonso doesn’t hit the open market as a free agent.

The team announced on Thursday that they have placed a first-round restricted free agent tender on Alonso, who is coming off his first season with the team. The move allows the Dolphins to match any offer that Alonso receives from other clubs and entitles them to a first-round pick should he depart.

That price tag is probably enough to ensure that Alonso remains Dolphins property in 2017. The tender carries a salary of $3.91 million, although an agreement on a new deal would likely change the amount of money that Alonso stands to earn next season.

The Dolphins also announced that they have placed original-round tenders on safety Michael Thomas and running back Damien Williams. The salary for that tender is $1.797 million and the Dolphins would not receive any compensation if they left as neither player was drafted.

8 responses to “Dolphins to use first-round tender on Kiko Alonso

  1. He played well, glad he’s in Miami and hope he stays for a while. He’s not the best LB in the league, but given a better crew to work with he could be a good one for a long time. I like the idea of moving him to outside LB and utilize his speed on pass rushing downs. I always thought he was a little too small to play MLB.

  2. 115 tackles…he got run over on 75 of those and the runner ended up falling after trucking Kiko!

  3. Smart move, best to ensure they will get value back if he moves on as he still might. Depending on how Miami uses their cap space and what happens elsewhere the 1st round tender may not be enough to scare away teams drafting low in the 1st round.

  4. Kiko did a great job last year while playing out of position. He is a weak side linebacker that was playing middle linebacker. Miami will pick up a MLB in the draft or free agency and kiko with thrive on the outside. Phins up!

  5. I never get how people call him too small…he is the exact same size as Luke Keuchley…

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