The former Ducks linebacker will remain a New Orleans Saint for the foreseeable future as he agreed to restructure his contract to free up cap space for a traditionally cap strapped team
The #Saints and LB Kiko Alonso have agreed to terms on a restricted deal and he’ll stay in New Orleans, source said. He’ll take less than the $7.8M he was slated to make, helping the team with some more space.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) March 18, 2020
Alonso tore his ACL in the wild card loss to the Vikings after missing weeks 14-16 with a thigh injury last season. He was previously traded to the Saints by the Miami Dolphins last season.
Here are the terms of his new contract per Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle:
Kiko Alonso (Saints), $3.15M, $1.45M gtd; salary $1.7M; $1.45M 5th day 2020 gtd roster bonus, up to $4.7M playtime, 10 or more games active incentives— Aaron Wilson (@AaronWilson_NFL) March 18, 2020
Alonso is unlikely to receive the full $4.7 million in incentives as an ACL tear typically requires a recovery time frame of nine to ten months along with the mental aspect of things, which could take up to a year. At best, he can be ready by the middle of the season.
On the bright side, by restructuring his deal, he can remain with the team and get full medical care with team doctors. He’s also penciled in as a starter for the surging Saints defense due to free agency defections as it currently stands. He will likely have competition, however so it may be a struggle if he isn’t physically ready.
Alonso’s reputation isn’t the greatest league wide, either as he’s incurred numerous fines for perceived dirty play during his Miami tenure, including a stupid late and vicious hit to Joe Flacco. Defenders will say he’s a “hard nosed throwback”. Detractors will call him “dirty”. Either way, he’s on thin ice.
Let’s hope for a healthy as possible season for 2020 for Kiko!