Saints agree to restructured contracts with linebacker Kiko Alonso, cornerback Patrick Robinson
Two veteran defenders who have had injury issues are staying with the Saints on restructured contracts.
Linebacker Kiko Alonso has agreed to a restricted contract, reports NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport. Cornerback Patrick Robinson has done likewise, reports ESPN’s Field Yates.
The #Saints and LB Kiko Alonso have agreed to terms on a restricted deal and he’ll stay in New Orleans, source said. He’ll take less than the $7.8M he was slated to make, helping the team with some more space.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) March 18, 2020
The Saints and CB Patrick Robinson have agreed to a renegotiated contract. The Saints are always amongst the most active teams in reworking deals as it manages the cap.
— Field Yates (@FieldYates) March 18, 2020
Alonso, who suffered a torn ACL in New Orleans’ playoff loss in early January, was on the books for a $7.8 million salary in 2020. The former second-round pick by the Buffalo Bills in 2013 was acquired by the Saints before last season from the Miami Dolphins.
Alonso made 31 tackles in 13 games last season.
Source tells ESPN that Saints LB Kiko Alonso's base salary was reduced from $6.4 million to $1.7 million, with the other $4.7 million available via incentives. He already had a $1.45 million roster bonus in place. https://t.co/tMaOQaL4ll
— Mike Triplett (@MikeTriplett) March 18, 2020
A torn ACL also kept him cost the 6-foot-3, 239-pound Alonso his second pro season. He has had three ACL tears with two including the most recent one in his right knee.
In his second stint with New Orleans, Robinson was set to count $6.15 million against the salary cap. The 32-year old returned to the Saints on a four-year contract two years ago after winning a Super Bowl with the Eagles.
Robinson was a Saints first round pick in 2010 who also has played for the Colts and Chargers. The 5-11, 190-pounder went on injured reserve in September 2018 with a broken left ankle. Calf and hamstring issues restricted him to 11 games last season.
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