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Dolphins looked at Kendricks before blockbuster

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By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

When the Philadelphia Eagles made the trade with the Miami Dolphins, they were reportedly willing to deal linebacker Mychal Kendricks. His name was on a list of players the Eagles sent to the South Florida team before making the deal prior to the 2016 NFL Draft for the eighth overall pick.

While Kendricks was on the list, the Dolphins preferred Kiko Alonso over Kendricks. They ended up acquiring Alonso in the trade after spending just one year in Philadelphia.

Mychal Kendricks attempting to make a tackle on Chicago Bears tight end Zach Miller (Getty Images)

Mychal Kendricks attempting to make a tackle on Chicago Bears tight end Zach Miller (Getty Images)

Alonso has received an extension from the Dolphins. And Kendricks has remained on the trading block with no new home, as of yet.

Kendricks was a full-time starter under former head coach Chip Kelly. However, now under second-year defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz, he’s been a part-time guy. In July, Kendricks requested a trade.

Mike Tannenbaum, the Dolphins executive vice president, also reportedly received reassurance from Byron Maxwell, who also struggled in one-year with the Eagles after signing a massive deal, that he would get back on track. Tannenbaum spoke with Atlanta Falcons head coach Dan Quinn, who was Maxwell’s defensive coordinator in Seattle, before making the deal.

Maxwell and Alonso helped the Dolphins give up the eighth overall pick and received the 13th overall pick, previously belonged to the Eagles. By getting the eighth overall pick, it allowed the Eagles to move up and make a blockbuster deal with the Cleveland Browns to acquire the No. 2 overall pick.

The Eagles drafted Carson Wentz, their franchise quarterback, with the second overall pick. But when the Dolphins made the deal, they reportedly wanted more.

Alonso appealed to the Dolphins because he’s a three-down linebacker. Kendricks has two more years, besides this year, left on his contract, but is expected to sit behind Jordan Hicks and Nigel Bradham.

Kendricks is scheduled to make $6.6 million this season and $7.6 million next season. He has a $8.6 million salary for the 2019 season.

Alonso received a four-year, $28.9 million deal from the Dolphins. Kendricks, when he re-signed with the Eagles, he received a four-year, $29 million deal.

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