Saints Officially Sign LB Kiko Alonso, Place DB Smoke Monday On IR


The New Orleans Saints announced Friday that they’ve signed linebacker Kiko Alonso and placed defensive back Smoke Monday on Injured Reserve.

Monday reportedly suffered a knee injury that the team feared to be serious. 

Monday, 22, signed with the Saints as an undrafted free agent out of Auburn following the 2022 NFL Draft. 

During his four-year college career, Monday appeared in 50 games with 24 starts. He recorded 172 total tackles, 17 tackles for loss, six sacks, one forced fumble, five interceptions and 13 pass deflections. 

According to Ian Rapoport, the Saints are expected to sign LB Kiko Alonso to the roster. 

Kiko Alonso

Alonso hasn’t played since tearing his ACL in 2019 with New Orleans, but he is apparently healthy enough to resume playing. 

He was one of a number of veteran linebackers to work out for the Saints today. 

Alonso, 31, is a former second-round pick of the Bills back in 2013. The Bills traded to the Eagles in return for RB LeSean McCoy back in 2015.

From there, Alonso was traded to the Dolphins along with Byron Maxwell back in 2016 in return for a first-round pick. Miami later traded him to the Saints for OLB Vince Biegel at the start of the 2019 season. 

Alonso agreed to a restructured contract in 2020 after tearing his ACL but was traded to the 49ers later in the season as a part of deal involving LB Kwon Alexander. San Francisco later released him. 

In 2019, Alonso appeared in 13 games for the Saints and recorded 31 tackles, no sacks or interceptions and one pass defense.

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