Alonso, regarding the possibility of taking snaps at tight end in 2016, said, "In a goal-line situation, I'm ready to jump into the field. I have some specific plays at hand, but I won't reveal them," ESPN.com reports. Alonso played some tight end in high school, and although he may be fully capable of playing on the offensive side of the ball, Miami resigned Jordan Cameron, added MarQueis Gray and retained Dion Sims this offseason. However, Cameron and Sims both disappointed in 2015, and Gray is coming off a season spent largely on IR with a broken forearm. The most significant aspect of Alonso's remarks is how he mentioned there are already plays designed for him, but the Dolphins may simply be constructing an insurance policy should their top-3 tight ends suffer injuries or prove ineffective yet again.
Alonso is expected to be healthy and ready for the 2016 season, Adam Beasley of the Miami Hearld reports. Alonso was traded to the Dolphins earlier in the week and in an interview on Thursday he said his knee issues are "definitely behind me. I feel great." The Dolphins will hope he returns to form that put him on the map his rookie season in Buffalo when he recorded 159 tackles, four interceptions, and two sacks.
The Dolphins are in line to acquire Alonso, along with Byron Maxwell and the 13th overall pick in the upcoming NFL draft from the Eagles in exchange for the eighth overall pick in the draft, ESPN.com reports. In a move that helps clear cap space for the Eagles, the Dolphins obtain a pair of players who will be looking to stay healthy and rebound from disappointing campaigns with Philadelphia. Alonso was limited to 43 tackles and a pick in 11 games this past season, but as a rookie with the Bills in 2013, the linebacker racked up 159 tackles, prior to being bit by the injury bug.
Alonso and teammate Byron Maxwell are slated to join the Dolphins via trade, pending physicals, NFL.com reports. Alonso was acquired for former Eagles' running back LeSean McCoy last offseason, when he was coming off missing the entire 2014 season due to a torn left ACL. In his first action since a sensational 159-tackle, four-interception rookie campaign, Alonso played just 11 games this past season, missing five games after suffering a partial tear to the same knee along the way. In the end, Alonso posted merely 43 tackles and one interception, but since he remains on his rookie contract, the Dolphins' pending acquisition of him for undisclosed draft picks at least represents a low-risk move financially, something that can't be said about Maxwell right now.
Alonso has been included in the trade talks between the Eagles and Dolphins centered around cornerback Byron Maxwell, ESPN's Adam Schefter reports. Alonso, like Maxwell, arriving in Philadelphia last season, but mightily underwhelmed with the Eagles, registering just 43 tackles (30 solo) and one interception in 11 games played. After a sensational rookie campaign that was followed by an unfortunate torn ACL suffered before the 2014 season, Alonso remains on his initial NFL contract, so acquiring him is a relatively low-risk move for Miami financially, but the lackluster seasons he and Maxwell just turned in make any trade rather questionable.
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