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Miami Dolphins: Extend Kiko; Restructure Misi

The Miami Dolphins have been busy this week, bringing in Buffalo Bills free agent linebacker Zach Brown for a visit and reworking the deals of their own linebackers Kiko Alonso and Koa Misi.

According to reports, after receiving a first round tender, which would have paid him $3.8 million in 2017 – Alonso signed a three-year extension with Miami, giving him a raise of $7.2 million per season and guarantees him $18.5 million over the next two seasons.

Alonso came to Miami in a trade with the Philadelphia Eagles, that also brought in corner Byron Maxwell. Many criticized the trade because of Maxwell’s massive contract and Alonso’s injury history but soon both players proved their critics wrong.

Alonso was at times the heart of the defense and also helped seal close victories for the Dolphins as he did against the Chargers, picking off Phillip Rivers for a Pick-6, which won the game.

Alonso is now expected to move from inside to weak side linebacker for the upcoming season, after Miami’s acquisition of former Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker Lawrence Timmons.

The Dolphins also restructured the contract of linebacker Misi, who has played in Miami the past seven seasons after being drafted by the team in the second round in the 2010 NFL Draft. Misi was scheduled to make $4.17 million this upcoming season, but since he played only three games in 2016 and most likely will not be starting in 2017, he either needed to take a pay cut or be cut.

If Misi comes back healthy next season, it would give Miami a versatile defensive veteran player who can play and start at any linebacker position or on the defensive line. This is the second time in consecutive seasons that Misi has restructured his contract to stay with the team.

 

Photo of Kiko Alonso courtesy of Tom DiPace/Associated Press.

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Robert Melendez
I attended Full Sail University and have covered the Miami Dolphins for multiple websites. I now cover them for Real Sports Entertainment Network!

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