After an unexpected return to the Seattle Seahawks towards the end of last season, cornerback Byron Maxwell will be staying with the team heading into 2018.
ESPN’s Adam Schefter has the early details:
CB Byron Maxwell and the Seahawks have agreed on a one-year deal worth up to $3 million, per source.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) April 27, 2018
Please note the “worth up to $3 million,” as that surely means that his contract features plenty of incentives.
The 30-year-old Maxwell was released by the Miami Dolphins early in the 2017 season, but found himself back on the Seahawks roster shortly after the season-ending injury to Richard Sherman. Maxwell was credited with seven passes defensed, as well as an interception, plus one of his classic Charles Tillman-style forced fumbles on Dez Bryant in Seattle’s Christmas Eve win over the Dallas Cowboys.
Needless to say, Maxwell performed reasonably well given Seattle’s pressing need at cornerback, and his familiarity with the system certainly helps. It may not have worked out for him in either Philadelphia or Miami, but his role in Seattle has always been solid.
So as we enter day 2 of the 2018 NFL Draft, the Seahawks have not only got Shaquill Griffin as the presumptive #1 CB on the team, but they’ve retained Justin Coleman and Byron Maxwell, in addition to picking up ex-San Francisco 49ers starter Dontae Johnson. Perhaps the Maxwell re-signing will have an effect on what Seattle does as far as cornerback help in the draft.