AFC East

Will Byron Maxwell and Kiko Alonso Help Fix the Miami Dolphins?

Kiko Alonso missed significant time with the Eagles last season but will move on to the Dolphins this season. AP Photo/Brynn Anderson

The first significant move for the Miami Dolphins under Adam Gase is in the process of finalization as the Dolphins have agreed to a trade with the Philadelphia Eagles for cornerback Byron Maxwell and linebacker Kiko Alonso in exchange for draft pick compensation. As a result of the trade, Pro-Bowl cornerback Brent Grimes is expected to be released.

Executive Vice President of Football Operations Mike Tannebaum, is following his model of building a roster by obtaining higher priced veterans rather than keeping draft picks as he did in his tenure as general manager of the New York Jets. As the results show, this is not a way to build sustainable success for an NFL franchise.

Maxwell struggled mightily in his first year of a six year deal with the Philadelphia Eagles and will now enter a division where he will be expected to match up with top wideouts Brandon Marshall, Julian Edelman and Sammy Watkins. Alonso has bee an impactful player on the field, but has struggled to stay on the field due to injury.

According to Omar Kelly of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel, “Sources tell me the #Dolphins want Adam Gase to have a “fresh start” so don’t be surprised if more players are unloaded/purged/traded for.” The Dolphins have a poor cap situation and Tannebaum is not taking a step in the direction of fixing this problem by adding larger contracts to the payroll.

Tannebaum must continue to rebuild this roster with younger talent to get the Dolphins back in  the playoff conversation. As Andy Cohen of stated, “An already busy offseason is about to get a whole lot busier.”



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