The New Orleans Saints traded for linebacker Kiko Alonso last season. After three straight seasons of 100-plus tackles, it was hopeful that Alonso could come in and dominate the middle of the field while Demario Davis and Alex Anzalone handle the outside.
Well, Anzalone went down, barely playing in 2019. Alonso needed to step up, but in 13 games, he recorded just 31 tackles.
He also had four starts and played 27% of the defensive snaps last season. Prior to 2019, Alonso was involved in over 90% of his defense’s snaps over four of the first five seasons of his career. He’s been an integral part of the team that he has been on, but that wasn’t the case last year.
For New Orleans last season, he was a ghost of that impactful player. With the addition of Zack Baun, Alonso’s time may up after this season as he’ll undoubtedly look a contract that the Saints may not want to give.
All three can have meaningful roles, but they need to make their mark early in the season to keep their hopes for a new contract alive.