Byron Maxwell to Eagles: Latest Contract Details, Comments and Reaction

Scott Polacek@@ScottPolacekFeatured ColumnistMarch 8, 2015

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A former member of the Legion of Boom is moving on to his next team. The Philadelphia Eagles announced on Tuesday that they have agreed to a six-year deal with cornerback Byron Maxwell.

ESPN's Josina Anderson initially reported that Maxwell said he would be signing with the Eagles.

NFL.com's Gregg Rosenthal provided financial details on the deal from NFL.com's Ian Rapoport:

NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Tuesday that Maxwell's deal will be six years for $60 million with $25 million guaranteed for the first three years.

CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora previously shared a slightly different financial breakdown:

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Richard Sherman may have gotten the most media coverage, but Maxwell was a major reason why the Seattle Seahawks were so dominant against the pass the last couple of years. Teams were afraid to throw Sherman’s way, which meant Maxwell saw plenty of action almost every game.   

He certainly delivered, so it's no wonder why he was one of the premier free agents in the entire NFL this offseason.    

Seahawks receiver Doug Baldwin reacted to the news:

ig: josinaanderson @JosinaAnderson

I just got off the phone with CB Byron Maxwell. Maxwell told me directly, "I'm going to Philly." #Eagles

Playing in Seattle alongside superstars like Sherman, Kam Chancellor and Earl Thomas certainly lent some credibility to Maxwell’s game. He is a physical presence who never backs down from press coverage at the line of scrimmage, and he uses his speed and ball-hawking skills to knock down passes.

Still, Bart Hubbuch of the New York Post wondered about Maxwell's decision to join a division loaded with playmaking wide receivers:

Jason La Canfora @JasonLaCanfora

Final contract numbers on Byron Maxwell's deal with Eagles very likely to be $63M over 6 years with $25M guaranteed

Maxwell tallied six combined interceptions during the 2013 and 2014 campaigns, and his value as a cornerback continues to rise as pass-happy offenses incorporate more pass plays into their game plans.

Philadelphia will certainly hope Maxwell can shut down some of those plays in 2015. Adding him is a major boost to the defense, which needed to find some help in the secondary heading into next year.


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