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Dolphins’ trading continues, trade Kiko Alonso to Saints

The Miami Dolphins’ rebuild continues.

One day after the team traded starters offensive tackle Laremy Tunsil and receiver Kenny Stills to the Houston Texans, Miami shipped another starter in linebacker Kiko Alonso to the New Orleans Saints in exchange for linebacker Vince Beigel, a person with knowledge of the deal confirmed to USA TODAY Sports’ Mike Jones.

The person requested anonymity because they were not authorized to publicly discuss the trade.

NFL Network was the first to report on the trade.

Alonso, 29, has been Miami’s starter the past three seasons and has been very productive in that stretch. In his first two seasons with the Dolphins, he posted 115 tackles in each, before tallying 125 last season. He also had three interceptions and three forced fumbles.

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Beigel, 26, is headed into his third season in the NFL. A fourth-round draft pick of the Packers in 2017, Beigel has just 20 career tackles in 23 games over two seasons with Green Bay and New Orleans.

The Dolphins shed Alonso’s base salary of $6.5 million for 2019 and 2020, as the team enters its first season under rookie coach Brian Flores. Miami has been stockpiling draft picks and is trying to invigorate its roster with younger players.

The Saints, meanwhile, bolstered a position group as they try to capitalize on their combination of star veterans and high-performing young players on rookie deals on a potential Super Bowl push.

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