Report: Eagles Set to Sign Byron Maxwell for $25M Guaranteed
According to Phillyvoice.com beat writer Jimmy Kempski he can confirm a report that free agent CB Byron Maxwell will sign with the Eagles Tuesday. The first report came from Jayson Braddock from SportsTalk 790 in Houston.
The deal is a five-year deal worth about $54 million and includes $25 million in guaranteed money.
One of the reasons Maxwell choose the Eagles is they play a ton of Cover-3 with a single-high safety, leaving their corners in man coverage on the outside, it's the scheme in which Maxwell excelled in Seattle. He's a big, physical press corner who will likely play his natural right cornerback position here with the Eagles.
One big the question will be did he play well in Seattle because of the system and personnel around him?
(Listen to Danny O'Neill from 710 ESPN in Seattle talk about Byron Maxwell).
One of the big complaints about Cary Williams, who is heading to Seattle, was the penalties he was flagged for. Maxwell in 13 games was actually penalized more times than Williams 9-to-7 in 2014.
Another interesting stat when looking at the swap of Maxwell replacing Williams in Philly, Maxwell allowed 55 catches on 85 targets for 679 yards in 13 games this season while Williams played a full 16 games allowing 56 catches on 99 targets for 757 yards.
Maxwell makes a lot of sense of the Eagles, who need help badly in the secondary with the release of Cary Williams and Bradley Fletcher not being retained in free agency. Maxwell is a physical 6-foot-1 corner who played very well opposite Richard Sherman and has said the Eagles cover three, press man defense is a good fit for him.
With the NFC loaded with talent like Dez Bryant, DeSean Jackson, Odell Beckham Jr and more at wide receiver the Eagles need to have a top level cover corner.
Can Maxwell be that guy or will he be another Cary Williams - second banana coming over from a Super Bowl team that isn't ready to be a top dog?
It looks like Eagles fans are about to find out.