The loss of Koa MIsi (neck) and Raekwon McMillan (knee) for the season had some thinking that Alonso may move back to MLB, a position he has played in the past, but the team doesn't believe that would be in the best interest of keeping Alonso healthy and productive all season. Miami will keep Alonso at WLB with Lawrence Timmons at SLB and Mike Hull in the middle for the immediate future.
Alonso agreed to a first-round tender with the team earlier in the month but it's no secret the two sides have been trying to reach a long-term deal throughout the offseason. The fifth-year linebacker, who led the Dolphins with 115 tackles last season while adding six tackles for loss, two interceptions and a forced fumble, will now be staying in South Beach through the 2020 season.
Alonso and the Dolphins' front office reportedly both want to negotiate a long-term deal eventually, but this tender will allow the fifth-year linebacker to stay in Miami for at least the 2017 season, given that the Dolphins are willing to match competing offers. Alonso -- a staple of Miami's front seven -- easily led the Dolphins with 115 tackles last season, and also recorded six tackles for loss, two interceptions and a forced fumble.
Alonso (thumb) would prefer to remain at middle linebacker next season, Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald reports.
Alonso is coming off a season that saw him post 115 tackles, four fumble recoveries, a forced fumble, and two interceptions. He believes he can post the same or even better numbers should he play in what is virtually the same defensive system for a second season in a row, something that has never happened prior in his career. Whether or not the Dolphins ask him to move will likely depend on any additions they make during free agency.
Alonso will focus on rehabbing his thumb in order to return in time for the team's offseason workouts. He consistently played through the ailment last season, as he underwent surgery on the thumb in early December. The linebacker may be moving to the weakside linebacker position next season, so the more time he has to get acclimated to the position the better. Look for more updates to come throughout the offseason.
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