Saints Are Reportedly Expected To Sign Veteran Free Agent
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The New Orleans Saints are reportedly rolling the dice on a former player who has been removed from NFL action.
The Saints are expected to add linebacker Kiko Alonso, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport.
Set to turn 32 next weekend, Alonso hasn't played in the NFL since playing a limited role with the Saints in 2019.
According to ESPN's Catherine Terrell, he will rejoin the team on a one-year contract.
Alonso desired a New Orleans reunion, and the two sides quickly reached a deal after a "great" workout.
Alonso's bright future appeared in the 2013 Defensive Rookie of the Year voting after he finished second behind Sheldon Richardson.
The Oregon alum began his NFL career with 159 tackles,
Four interceptions, and two fumble recoveries in his debut season for the Buffalo Bills.
However, Alonso missed recovering from ACL surgery in 2014.
The Bills surprisingly sent him to the Philadelphia Eagles to run back LeSean McCoy,
who just made it to the Pro Bowl with 1,319 rushing yards.
After playing 11 terrific games for the Eagles in 2015,
Alonso made 355 tackles for the Miami Dolphins from 2016 to 2018.
He recorded only 31 tackles for New Orleans the following year, when his snap rate dropped to 32 percent.
Alonso hasn't played since tearing his ACL during their first-round playoff loss to the Minnesota Vikings.
Looking back on his final stint with the Saints, Alonso knows Bruce Allen's defense.
He will have the opportunity to join a linebacker corps led by Demario Davis, Pete Werner and Jack Bown.