The Miami Dolphins made a big stride in 2016 trade by acquiring linebacker, Kiko Alonso and cornerback, Byron Maxwell from the Philadelphia Eagles, according to the league sources. The Eagles will get a draft compensation.
The two athletes were recruited by former Eagles coach Chip Kelly. Kelly thought that Maxwell and Murray would star in Philadelphia, and Alonso would strike his pre-ACL injury form. It just didn’t happen. Kelly was fired late in 2015-16 season and replaced by Doug Pederson. Unfortunately for both players, they were not in Pederson’s wishlist. The Eagles now traded Alonso and Maxwell in a bid to clear Kelly’s mess, according to the Sports Illustrated.
Maxwell struggled as team’s No 1 cornerback last season after being roped in by the Eagles last summer as a big free-agent signing. He signed a six-year, $63 million contract but was inconsistent on the field. Maxwell recorded only two interceptions and 64 tackles, as reports the ESPN.
Alonso, a former second-round pick of the Buffalo Bills, was plagued by a series of injuries last season. He recorded a career-low 43 tackles and one interception in 11 games.
The Dolphins struggled against both run and pass, and were ranked 25th in total defense last season. Miami signed Alonso and Maxwell in a bid to boost their defense. The franchise is expected to release Pro Bowl cornerback Brent Grimes in the coming days, according to the Sun Sentinel. The nine-year veteran had declined to resign his contract, according to the club’s proposal. The Eagles also traded another Chip Kelly acquisition, DeMarco Murray, to the titans on the same day.