The Miami Dolphins are releasing cornerback Byron Maxwell, a former sixth round pick of the Seattle Seahawks who helped them win a Super Bowl in 2013 and signed a six-year, $63 million deal with the Philadelphia Eagles in 2015. Maxwell never really fit with the Eagles (did any of their signings under Chip Kelly?) and was traded to the Dolphins in 2016, readjusting his contract accordingly.
(The move allowed Philly to go up in the first round from 13 to eight, then used that pick to go from eight to two to select Carson Wentz.)
Maxwell started 13 games for Miami in 2016, then just two games this year before his release. Would the Seahawks be interested in a reunion?
Seattle has famously been rotating cornerbacks in the spot opposite of Richard Sherman since losing Maxwell, including a failed free agent signing in Cary Williams, a torn ACL for DeShawn Shead, and now a groin injury for Jeremy Lane. Lane could be returning soon, as could Shead, so the need at cornerback is not as huge as it would have been, say, a month ago. Still, a reunion in these situations seems so commonplace that it would have been fair to expect something like this a couple years ago:
Player has career-year in proper system, signs big free agent deal elsewhere, gets released just a fraction of the way into the contract, goes back to where he originally had success. Not saying Maxwell will do that, but the possibility is fair, especially if he doesn’t sign with a team right away. The Seahawks probably do not need him now, but that doesn’t mean they wouldn’t entertain the idea (with money considerations of course) if Lane or Shead have a setback.