The Miami Dolphins are already in the running for the biggest winners of Free Agency this offseason by adding Kiko Alonso and Byron Maxwell from the Philadelphia Eagles today in return for Brent Grimes and an undisclosed draft pick, rumored to be in the 3rd-4th round range.
Many fans are eager to see the departure of Grimes, who despite playing well for the Dolphins at times, had a wife in Miko Grimes that caused numerous problems for the organization over the past two seasons, including an altercation that left her in handcuffs outside of Sun Life Stadium this season.
Maxwell was scrutinized for his poor play following his success with the Seattle Seahawks and the "Legion of Boom," but many have attributed his struggles in 2015 to the Eagles' man scheme on defense. The Dolphins run a zone scheme, and believe Maxwell will fit in and have a turnaround year.
As for Alonso, the young linebacker has been the most coveted of linebackers besides Luke Kuechly, and will start immediately for a weakened Dolphins unit.
The Dolphins will pick up Maxwell's salary for 2016, which is almost $9 million dollars, but will only have to pay under $1 million for Alonso, who is entering the final year of his rookie deal. The Eagles have agreed to pick up both players' bonuses, and will receive compensation via the draft.
This is a fantastic trade for the Dolphins, who will not lose talent in trading Grimes for Maxwell, and instantly upgrade their LB corps with one of the most talented players in the game in Alonso.
Stay tuned for more on this development.