Alonso hadn’t seen the sphere because the 2019 season, however he determined to reunite with the Saints on Thursday. Two days later, he’s hanging up his cleats. According to ESPN’s Katherine Terrell, Alonso’s reverse resolution had nothing to do with his well being. Rather, the veteran merely modified his thoughts, with Terrell noting that it’d be robust for the linebacker to return after such a prolonged absence if he wasn’t one hundred pc dedicated.
Once a longtime starter, Alonso has not performed since struggling an ACL tear in New Orleans’ wild-card loss to Minnesota in January 2020. During that 2019 marketing campaign, Alonso began 4 of his 13 appearances and picked up 31 tackles. Prior to his season in New Orleans, the linebacker had stints with the Bills and Dolphins. While Alonso by no means got here near replicating his 159-tackle rookie season (through which he earned PFWA NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year honors), he nonetheless topped 110 tackles for 3 straight seasons between 2016 and 2018.
Alonso will retire having compiled 588 tackles, seven compelled fumbles and 10 interceptions in 86 profession video games.
Since Alonso’s final regular-season sport, the Saints drafted Zack Baun within the 2020 third spherical and Pete Werner within the 2021 second. The latter profiles as a greater wager to begin alongside Demario Davis this season. Rookie fifth-round choose D’Marco Jackson is presently sidelined, so Alonso was anticipated to supply at the least some short-term depth on the place. As Nick Underhill of NewOrleans.soccer factors out, the Saints could have to signal one other center linebacker to fill out their roster.