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Report: Seahawks looking to re-sign Byron Maxwell

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When Richard Sherman’s career with the Seattle Seahawks ended on November 9th, the team replaced him with none other than Byron Maxwell, who had been Seattle’s #2 cornerback from 2013-2014 before faltering with the Phildelphia Eagles and Miami Dolphins. Maxwell produced some of his old magic, including a pivotal forced fumble on Dez Bryant in the Seahawks’ 21-12 win over the Dallas Cowboys.

Now that Maxwell is a free agent (again), the Seahawks are reportedly interested in bringing him back. Ian Rapoport wrote on Friday that the team and Maxwell are engaged in contract negotiations.

Three members of the Seahawks secondary won’t be back with the team in 2018: Sherman, Jeremy Lane, and DeShawn Shead. However, Seattle did place a second-round tender Justin Coleman, so he’s practically a lock to stay, plus they have promising second-year player Shaquill Griffin, who figures to be the team’s #1 corner heading into next season. Maxwell would be the veteran presence in the squad and while he’s no one’s idea of a lockdown type of DB — although I suppose the Eagles thought so, then found out the hard way — he’s always been a good fit in Seattle’s scheme and I hope he is re-signed.