Kiko Alonso Signs With Saints, Takes Part In One Practice And Decides To Retire

Kiko Alonso has reportedly decided to retire from the NFL one day after signing a contract with the New Orleans Saints.

Alonso last played for the New Orleans Saints in 2019, but the team brought him back this offseason hoping to add some depth on defense. He had other ideas after playing six NFL seasons with four different teams.

According to WWLTV’s Brooke Kirchhofer, the former PFWA Defensive Rookie of the Year is retiring following one training camp practice.

ESPN’s Katherine Terrell reports that Alonso is physically fine and simply changed his mind about returning to play. 

Alonso last appeared in an NFL game back in 2019, when he played 13 games for the Saints. He started the 2020 season on the PUP list before being traded to the San Francisco 49ers, who cut him just a few weeks later. 

Alonso was a second-round selection by the Buffalo Bills out of Oregon in the 2013 NFL draft. 

In 86 career NFL games for the Bills, Eagles, Dolphins and Saints, Alonso posted 588 tackles, 10 interceptions, seven forced fumbles and three sacks.