NFL: Kiko Alonso retires after just one practice with the Saints

NFL: Kiko Alonso retires after just one practice with the Saints

Linebacker Kiko Alonso retired from the NFL a day after signing a contract with the New Orleans Saints, according to multiple reports.

The veteran will therefore have participated in a single training session with his new team before deciding to hang up his cleats.

Alonso joined the Saints in early August after recovering from an anterior cruciate ligament injury, signing a contract to play but reportedly decided to retire a day later.

The former Oregon Duck was selected by the Buffalo Bills in the second round (46th overall) in the 2013 draft.

Alonso’s impact at Buffalo was immediate, totaling 189 combined tackles, four interceptions, two sacks and a forced fumble, earning him Defensive Rookie of the Year honors in 2013.

In his third season, Alonso was traded to the Philadelphia Eagles in a trade that sent LeSean McCoy to the Bills, where he will make three consecutive Pro Bowls. In 11 games with the Eagles, Alonso recorded 43 combined tackles and one interception.

Alonso spent three seasons with the Dolphins (2016-18) and signed a three-year, $25 million extension with them in 2017 before being traded to the New Orleans Saints.

The Newton, Massachusetts native spent one season with the Saints but was placed on the physically unable to perform list a year later.

He finished his playing career with 388 combined tackles, 10 interceptions and three sacks in 86 NFL games.

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