Maxwell Passes Physical, Dolphins-Eagles Trade a Go
PHILADELPHIA (973espn.com) — Concern over Byron Maxwell's shoulder nearly derailed the high-profile trade that sent the high-priced cornerback to Miami, along with linebacker Kiko Alonso, for draft-pick compensation.
Early Wednesday morning in advance of the new league year, ESPN's Ed Werder reported that the projected trade was dead due to the Dolphins' concerns over Maxwell's health moving forward with the Philadelphia Daily News later explaining that Maxwell told Miami doctors that he wasn't able to do push-ups or the bench press due to the sprained SC joint that kept him out of the Eagles' final two games last season.
Needless to say it was a strange story because Maxwell informed the Eagles he was healthy and his agent, Alvin Keels, has already worked out a renegotiated deal with Miami.
At some point things got back on track and Maxwell passed his Dolphins' physical with Keels announcing the news.
The key part of the deal for the Eagles, of course, is ridding themselves of Maxwell's big-money contract and also swapping 2016 first-round picks with the Dolphins, meaning Philadelphia will now pick No. 8 overall and Miami slips back to 13 overall.
The Eagles had already moved on from Maxwell in free agency, signing veteran Leodis McKelvin to a two-year deal on Tuesday.
By moving Maxwell, the Eagles save $4.9 million in cap money and take on $4.8 million in dead money.
Philadelphia confirmed the deal just after the new league year started at 4 ET.
The Tennessee Titans, meanwhile, officially acquired disgruntled running back DeMarco Murray and the Eagles’ fourth-round pick (the 15th in the round) from the Eagles in exchange for Tennessee’s fourth-round pick (No. 2in the round). So Roseman dumped Murray's bad contract to move up 13 spots in the draft.
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