By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
A lot of Philadelphia Eagles fans are sad that the organization will be trading running back LeSean McCoy away to the Buffalo Bills. In exchange for McCoy, Kiko Alonso will be coming to the City of Brotherly Love.
However, right now, Alonso isn’t getting a lot of love from the Bird Gang. Maybe that’s because they don’t know much about the linebacker. He’ll officially be an Eagle next Tuesday at 4 pm.
1. He’s a former Oregon Duck
Alonso is the ninth player from the Oregon Ducks to join the Eagles. All of these players have played for Kelly at time point during his tenure in the Pacific Northwest.
He joins Brandon Bair, Kenjon Barner, Taylor Hart, Josh Huff, Wade Kellikipi, Jeff Maehl, Casey Matthews, and Will Murphy. At the moment, Matthews is the only one who has had an impact on the team.
2. He’s recovering from a torn ACL
He was injured, where he suffered a torn ACL, while working out in Oregon. That caused him to miss the entire 2014 season. He was placed on the reserve/non-football injury list on August 26th, 2014.
“There’s a lot of work to be done,” Alonso said last Wednesday night, in an appearance on The John Murphy Show. “But we’ve got a lot of great players. It’s definitely a great time to be a Bill.
“Basically I’m just rehabbing four-five days a week- just recovering,” he says. “That’s it. That’s all I do, work out and recover and wait for the next workout.”
Yet, the Eagles believe that Alonso won’t be affected moving forward.
3. He’s way cheaper than McCoy
McCoy, who was traded for Alonso, wanted a contract extension. He was reportedly even willing to decline to report to training camp if he wasn’t paid.
McCoy is getting paid $9.75 million this upcoming season. Then, his salary drops to $6.9 million in 2016, and $7.6 million in 2017.
Alonso on the other hand is under contract for the next two years. He’ll make $745K in 2015 then $941K in 2016, before becoming a restricted free agent.
The Eagles will have to pay a $3.4 million dead cap hit from McCoy. This is from a signing bonus that was expected to be paid to him already.
The Eagles have a combined $12.38 million in dead cap space following the trade of McCoy and releases of Trent Cole, Todd Herremans, Brandon Graham, and Cary Williams.
4. The Eagles need a player like him if he can return to his 2013 ways
The Eagles were led by Mychal Kendricks, who had 82 tackles. He was followed by free safety Malcolm Jenkins, who had 76. As a rookie in 2013, Alonso had 159 tackles in 16 games. He also had two sacks and four interceptions.
He added five pass deflections, one forced fumble and two fumble recoveries. The Eagles are hoping for the same results now that he’s in the green.
5. He’s likely to cost Ryans a job
Alonso was one of the best college players. Now, he’s going to have to prove it, as the team will likely move on from DeMeco Ryans. Now, the team will look to trade him for either a draft pick, or even a player.
He will be next to go as the Eagles start to get rid of aging and expensive players. Earlier today, the Eagles released CB Cary Williams, DE Trent Cole and LB Brandon Graham.
A team that would acquire Ryans would have to have keep cap space. He’s due $6.8 million this season, before becoming a free agent.
On Feb. 28th, there was a story in the Philadelphia Daily News that Ryans was a candidate for a contract extension.
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