Kiko Alonso just wants to be in South Florida and hit people.
The Dolphins signed him to a four-year, $29 million deal today with the understanding that he likely will be moving from middle to outside linebacker. Alonso was the starting middle linebacker last season, but Miami added veteran middle Lawrence Timmons in free agency.
“It’s a little different; you play some different techniques,” he said. “At the end of the day, linebacker is linebacker. You run and hit.”
Alonso, 26, led the team with 114 tackles, plus two interceptions, four fumble recoveries and four passes defensed.
Linebacker was a problematic unit for the Dolphins last year because of injury issues for Koa Misi and Jelani Jenkins. Keeping Alonso and adding Timmons is a strong start toward fixing that deficiency.
“I have not talked to him yet, but I’m definitely looking forward to playing with him,” Alonso said. “He’s definitely one of the guys that I admire the way he plays. The guy is a great player. I’m definitely looking forward to playing with him.”
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