An original member of the Legion of Boom is returning to the Seattle Seahawks. Adam Schefter reported on Monday afternoon that the team is signing Byron Maxwell to fill Richard Sherman’s roster spot. The news was quickly confirmed by NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport as well.
Maxwell returns to Seattle after leaving as a free agent in 2015 to sign with the Philadelphia Eagles for big money. After Chip Kelly’s tenure in Philadelphia fell apart almost a year later, Maxwell was traded along with Kiko Alonso to the Miami Dolphins. His post-Seahawks play improved in Miami, particularly late last season when he and Tony Lippett’s strong play helped the Dolphins to a playoff spot.
His second season in Miami began poorly, playing in just two games before being released on Oct. 24. Since his release, he’s visited Dan Quinn’s Atlanta Falcons before ultimately returning to where it began in Seattle.
In 17 starts for Seattle during his first tenure, Maxwell had six interceptions -- adding a seventh in the NFC Championship game against the Green Bay Packers.
With DeShawn Shead’s status for 2017 still unclear, the addition of Maxwell gives the Seahawks another reliable option at outside cornerback, allowing Shaquill Griffin, Justin Coleman and Jeremy Lane to remain in their spots.
The team reportedly also had former Detroit Lion Alex Carter in for a visit on Monday, although with Maxwell signed, it’s unclear if anything more will come of it.