The Miami Dolphins are trading linebacker Kiko Alonso to the New Orleans Saints, NFL Network reported Sunday.
Miami’s leading tackler in two of the past three seasons, Alonso reportedly requested a trade because of the team’s rebuilding status.
The Saints are sending third-year linebacker Vince Biegel to the Dolphins in exchange, per the report.
Alonso, 29, tallied 125 tackles in 2018 and registered 354 tackles and five interceptions in 46 games with Miami.
He has two years remaining on a four-year, $28.9 million contract he signed in 2017. His dead-cap figure for 2019 is only $2.55 million, according to Spotrac.
A fan favorite in Miami, Alonso was originally a second-round pick by Buffalo in 2013 out of Oregon. He started 16 games with the Bills and played in 11 games with the Philadelphia Eagles in 2015 before joining the Dolphins in a March 2016 trade.
Biegel, 26, was Green Bay’s fourth-round pick in 2017. He played in nine games with the Packers that year and 14 games with the Saints last season, collecting a total of 14 tackles.