Days short of his 32nd birthday, Kiko Alonso announced his retirement after only one day of practice with the Saints. Dec 29, 2019; Charlotte, North Carolina, USA; New Orleans Saints outside linebacker Kiko Alonso (54) pressures Carolina Panthers quarterback Will Grier (3) in the first quarter at Bank of America Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports

Veteran linebacker Kiko Alonso has not played in the NFL since 2019 but ultimately decided that he wanted another shot in the NFL, signing with the New Orleans Saints on Friday. Unfortunately for New Orleans, his stay with the organization didn’t last long, and it appears that his time in the NFL is done for good.

Reports have emerged that Alonso retired from the NFL on Saturday morning after taking part in just one practice for the Saints.

Alonso will be 32 later in August.

His most recent NFL action came with the Saints. But during this stint with the team, he apparently realized that his desire to play football wasn’t there anymore.

According to Saints reporter Katherine Terrell, his abrupt retirement was not due to injury, and the veteran linebacker just had a change of heart when it came to his football career.

Many are crediting Alonso for his decision, realizing it is better for him to be honest with himself and call it quits instead of going through the motions without his heart in the game.

It has been a wild ride for Alonso throughout his NFL career. He came into the league hot after being drafted by the Buffalo Bills in the second round of the 2013 NFL Draft. In his rookie season, Alonso recorded four interceptions and 159 tackles.

Both of those totals ended up being career highs. Alonso missed all of the 2014 season with a torn ACL. Before the 2015 season, he was traded to the Philadelphia Eagles, where he played for one year before getting traded to the Miami Dolphins. Following the 2018 season, Alonso was traded to the Saints, where he played the 2019 season. Alonso traded again in 2020, from New Orleans to the San Francisco 49ers but was never activated.

New Orleans will now need to look elsewhere for some linebacker depth, which seems to be something that the team desperately needs ahead of the 2022-23 NFL season.

[Brooke Kirchhofer, Katherine Terrell]


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Reice Shipley is a staff writer for Comeback Media that graduated from Ithaca College with a degree in Sports Media. He previously worked at Barrett Sports Media and is a fan of all things Syracuse sports.