Dolphins expected to give Kiko Alonso high tender

The Miami Dolphins are expected to give restricted free agent middle linebacker Kiko Alonso a "high tender."

What It Means:

Alonso was originally a second-round pick and few or no teams would be willing to surrender a second-round pick to acquire Alonso, so an original-pick tender would suffice. Still, the Dolphins may reward Alonso for his bounce-back season. Panned widely at the time, the Dolphins' gamble on Alonso and cornerback Byron Maxwell this past offseason has paid off.

Miami ranked 18th in schedule-adjusted Defensive Net Expected Points per play in 2016.