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Byron Maxwell would still have 2 years left on the deal he signed with the Eagles

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Flashback: Four years ago today, the Seattle Seahawks are coming off of their second straight Super Bowl and feeling good after re-signing Marshawn Lynch to a three-year deal on March 6, but then it was announced that they would be losing talented cornerback Byron Maxwell.

The Eagles signed Maxwell to a six-year, $63 million contract, a huge sum for a player with 17 career starts under his belt, no Pro Bowls, or even close to it. To me, Maxwell is one of these beacons of light when it comes to the “ProFootballFocus tracking” era when the football stats site would give us numbers like passer rating against and targets to. It was so much easier to build an idea in your head of how good cornerbacks were now besides just looking at INT and PD totals, even though in retrospect I think those ideas could also be quite wrong. Not that it was the case with Maxwell necessarily, but he was so much better in Seattle than he was in Philadelphia.

One year into his six-year deal, Maxwell was traded to the Miami Dolphins. Two games into his second season with the Dolphins, Maxwell was released and then later re-picked up by the Seahawks. Maxwell’s last game was Week 17 of the 2017 season when he had seven tackles and two passes defensed in a loss to the Arizona Cardinals.