Saints Signing of LB Kiko Alonso Reminiscent of a 2015 Signing

After not playing since the 2019 season, linebacker Kiko Alonso surprisingly signed with the New Orleans Saints today.

Alonso struggled with injuries throughout his 8-year NFL career.

The last time he played was for New Orleans in a playoff loss to the Minnesota Vikings in the wild card round that ended the Saints’ 2019 season.

Alonso suffered a cruciate ligament rupture during the competition.

Kiko Alonso

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He attempted to return to the NFL the following season, beginning the 2020 campaign on the PUP (Physically Unable Performing) list.

New Orleans traded him and a conditional 5th-round pick to linebacker Kwon Alexander to San Francisco.

Alonso was never removed from the PUP list by the 49ers and was eventually waived after failing a physical exam.

While many may write off Alonso as a potential contributor, the signing feels similar to New Orleans signing Tim Hightower in 2015.

Tim Hightower

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At the time, Hightower had not played an NFL game since 2011 and had dealt with multiple injuries throughout his career, including a cruciate ligament tear that ended his 2011 season at halftime.

Not expecting to snag a spot on the roster, Hightower eventually worked his way up to the Saints roster and served as a backup running back for two seasons, amassing over 1,000 all-purpose yards and 9 touchdowns in 24 appearances with New Orleans.

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