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Eagles, Dolphins talking Byron Maxwell trade

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The Eagles are looking to unload another remnant of the Chip Kelly era.

This time it’s cornerback Byron Maxwell, whom Kelly signed to a six-year, $63 million contract a year ago. According to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network, the Eagles and Dolphins are discussing a trade that would send Maxwell to Miami.

The Dolphins have been looking to add another big-name piece to their defense, having already visited with free agent defensive end Mario Williams. Maxwell would upgrade Miami’s secondary, but it would come at a cost: The 28-year-old Maxwell has an $8.5 million base salary this year and a $10 million base salary next year.

Maxwell started 14 games for the Eagles last season.

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70 Responses to “Eagles, Dolphins talking Byron Maxwell trade”
  1. sloiggles says: Mar 7, 2016 12:04 PM

    Howie Roseman would deserve a statute in Philadelphia if he is able to unload that contract.

  2. richiethegreek says: Mar 7, 2016 12:05 PM

    OMG YESSS DO IT

  3. tylawspick6 says: Mar 7, 2016 12:05 PM

    Miami is in a cap hell. This will keep them there.

  4. lukedunphysscienceproject says: Mar 7, 2016 12:08 PM

    Conditional 7rd pick. Done.

  5. mickton says: Mar 7, 2016 12:09 PM

    The circus in Miami is in full effect mode throwing away draft picks again, they will never ever learn.
    Go phins

  6. steelerben says: Mar 7, 2016 12:10 PM

    Nothing like sinking $18.5 million into a guy that showed last season he’s going to be abused left and right without the rest of the Legion of Boom to help him out. Moves like this are why the Dolphins remain stuck where they are instead of climbing the ranks.

  7. 700levelvet says: Mar 7, 2016 12:10 PM

    Man, I hope this is true..

  8. jag1959 says: Mar 7, 2016 12:11 PM

    Even if it makes Grimes expendable that’s a big price tag for an average CB

  9. mongo3401 says: Mar 7, 2016 12:11 PM

    Tannanbaum !!!!!!!!!! The man that could put any team in cap hell.

  10. Patskrieg says: Mar 7, 2016 12:11 PM

    Well that’s a new an exciting twist for the Dolphins. Trading for an enormous overly expensive contract instead of just signing one from scratch.

  11. mytor1962 says: Mar 7, 2016 12:12 PM

    Tannenbaum, you’d be an even bigger idiot if you made a deal for tho bum…he was a joke in Philadelphia and was only good because of players around him in Seattle.

  12. Mike Rigz says: Mar 7, 2016 12:12 PM

    Chip may have signed him but all the deals were written up by Howie Roseman, as that was his job last year.

  13. pafinfan72 says: Mar 7, 2016 12:12 PM

    This guy can’t guard a toilet….don’t do it!!!!

  14. xpensivewinos says: Mar 7, 2016 12:14 PM

    At some point, you would think Miami would realize, “hey, we’re all full up on overpriced guys that suck.”

    It makes absolutely no difference who’s running that team………………they couldn’t make the right decisions if their lives depended on it.

    Last Super Bowl appearance: 1985.

  15. traptses says: Mar 7, 2016 12:14 PM

    Miami is not in cap hell. After reworking Suh and Cameron, I believe they are about $20 million under the cap. Vernon is likely to be signed by another team, which frees up another $12 million. If Maxwell goes to Miami, Grimes is likely released. The money saved from Grimes is about equal to the hit theyll get from Maxwell. Their cap issues have been way overblown by the media.

  16. sharrerwwonka22 says: Mar 7, 2016 12:16 PM

    Rumor is, that the Seahawks have offered a year’s supply of Seattle’s best coffee and a ham sandwich for him.

  17. cowboysallday says: Mar 7, 2016 12:17 PM

    Nooooooo keep him in the NFC east!!!!

  18. 305phinphan says: Mar 7, 2016 12:19 PM

    The Dolphins wouldn’t make the trade unless that cap hit goes down. I see his contract being reworked to get him out of Philly. As far as Maxwell “sucking” he’s a solid CB but was in the wrong scheme last year with the Eagles. You let someone like Vance Joseph get a hold of talent like that and you better believe he’ll get that kid to reach his potential. If the contract is lowered its a great pick up for the Dolphins.

  19. scmems07 says: Mar 7, 2016 12:19 PM

    “Miami is in a cap hell. This will keep them there.”

    Miami has over $21 mil in cap space, and that’s with Vernon’s $12 mil tag, Camerons $7.5 mil salary which could be reworked and Grimes $6.5 mil hit, who could be cut. If Vernon leaves, which is expected, that gives them roughly $33 mil in cap space not including the others mentioned…..sooooo how is that cap hell again?

  20. finsphan says: Mar 7, 2016 12:20 PM

    Not a terrible move, if he agrees to take a $40 million dollar paycut.

  21. wydok says: Mar 7, 2016 12:20 PM

    As an Eagles fan, I say: YES, PLEASE!

  22. pdp2100 says: Mar 7, 2016 12:20 PM

    Maybe a trade of Maxwell for Grimes even up?

  23. dallassux says: Mar 7, 2016 12:22 PM

    Howie slowly fixing Chip’s mess

  24. eagles1960 says: Mar 7, 2016 12:22 PM

    Do it howie.

  25. chesswhileyouplaycheckers says: Mar 7, 2016 12:22 PM

    Byron Maxwell? The only way taking on that salary makes sense is if the trade is for Grimes. Are the Fins that desperate to dump Miko?

  26. flash1287 says: Mar 7, 2016 12:23 PM

    Yes!! Please do it Miami…

    Rest of AFC East.

  27. mrwalterisgod says: Mar 7, 2016 12:24 PM

    Trade him back to Seattle. We know how to maximize his talents.

    Oh, and Philly, learn your lesson and move on from Billy Davis (if you haven’t already). The man cannot coordinate a good defense (see his time in AZ).

  28. bizzmoneyb says: Mar 7, 2016 12:24 PM

    the only way this makes any sense (but still dumb) is if Miami then releases Grimes. essentially giving his $$ to Maxwell.. who is younger and would be there for several years.

  29. lingsun54 says: Mar 7, 2016 12:25 PM

    I don’t care how Miami reworks Suh’s contract. 6 years $114 million is still way too much money. I’m glad the Lions let him walk.

  30. tylawspick6 says: Mar 7, 2016 12:25 PM

    Classic Tannenbum teambuilding approach:

    Step 1: Draft poorly
    Step 2: Throw away draft picks.
    Step 3: Overpay in FA

  31. joemontanawasthegreatest says: Mar 7, 2016 12:26 PM

    They would take a hell of an accelerated cap hit(dead money) but it’s probably worth it to clear Chip Kelly’s antics.

  32. drewzducks says: Mar 7, 2016 12:26 PM

    Overpaid and under performing. Sounds like the perfect Dolphin.

  33. tylawspick6 says: Mar 7, 2016 12:27 PM

    @Traptses:

    Umm, when you “restructure” a player’s deal ONE YEAR into said deal, that means you’re in cap hell.

    Get it?

    Pushing Suh’s money out like that only gives you relief for one year, but it is still the same problem.

    Bloated salaries are not a good thing. Period.

  34. jjfootball says: Mar 7, 2016 12:29 PM

    Peyton Manning just had to wait for free agent frenzy to retire, got to have all attention on him!

  35. seahawks80 says: Mar 7, 2016 12:35 PM

    Miami only wants to get rid of Grimes so they can get rid of his lunatic wife.

  36. mcjon22 says: Mar 7, 2016 12:39 PM

    Grimes for Maxwell straight up?

    They both have the same cap number

  37. morr24 says: Mar 7, 2016 12:39 PM

    Good grief. He was clearly the WORST starting CB in the league last year. I am shocked to hear that any team would even remotely be interested in that contract for that skill set.

    All joking aside in regards to the Dolphins, this makes no sense for even a terribly run front office.

  38. madmax80 says: Mar 7, 2016 12:41 PM

    tylawspick6 says:
    Mar 7, 2016 12:27 PM

    @Traptses:

    Umm, when you “restructure” a player’s deal ONE YEAR into said deal, that means you’re in cap hell.

    Get it?
    ——————————–

    You don’t get it. Suh’s deal was designed to be re-done this season. It was obvious from the moment he signed it – in fact there were several articles on this website about it immediately after he signed it. It’s a very common tactic, used quite often to sign big free agents. It helps get the player a big signing bonus and low cap hit in year one. Then by renegotiating a projected big salary in the 2nd year and spreading it out, the player gets more money upfront in the 2nd year and the team gets more cap space.

    Fins have $20M is cap space right now. ($32M if you don’t cound Vernon’s $12M, as he is likely to sign somewhere else). Hardly cap hell.

  39. iamkillerfin says: Mar 7, 2016 12:49 PM

    There is plenty of young talent we should be able to get out of the draft a lot cheaper than a has been!!! Tannenbuam you still suck go back to the junk jets!!! Oh I forgot they FIRED you & IDIOT Ross is the only one that would hire you!!!

  40. bassplucker says: Mar 7, 2016 12:51 PM

    Dolphins fans say NOOOOOOO!!

  41. heat256 says: Mar 7, 2016 12:58 PM

    Man, I hope they give up their whole draft for him!!!! Trades for expensive players are always smart!!!!

  42. fordman84 says: Mar 7, 2016 12:59 PM

    There is always some idiot looking to bail the Eagles out of their stupid contracts.

  43. bsizemore68 says: Mar 7, 2016 12:59 PM

    The NFL is in great shape, just think, if any team needs a CAP person, all they need to do is check out this blog and hire one of the experts here, problem solved. Bill

  44. FinFan68 says: Mar 7, 2016 1:06 PM

    I don’t like it. This guy was abused all year. The problem with many teams is that they think they can fix a guy who is underperforming (read: sucking) and they are usually wrong. There is enough on this guy to see it would not be a good signing or trade. Grimes is declining and his wife is a disgusting pain so Miami is trying to find another big name CB but it isn’t necessary. I think Lippett can step into the CB role and (Memphis) McCain can take the slot. If you bail on Grimes then go after a sizable guy like Sean Smith instead. Less money and better matchups within the division.

    Miami needs a true MLB and a ball hawk FS more than they need a big name, monster contract, subpar cornerback.

  45. phinfan84 says: Mar 7, 2016 1:11 PM

    Almost every day I read something new about the Dolphins making or considering a stupid move. It makes me sick to my stomach, which is exactly how I felt when that fool Stephen Ross hired that even bigger fool Mike Tannenbaum.

    The front office is delusional if it thinks this team has a chance to compete for a championship this season. The entire defense needs to be rebuilt and the offensive line needs two new guards. That is going to take two offseasons.

  46. therealtrenches says: Mar 7, 2016 1:16 PM

    I’ll drive him to the airport.

    No…wait…I’ll drive him all the way to Miami and pick up the proverbial bag of footballs the Eagles should be getting in return for this lazy, no-caring, no-tackling stiff. Get him outta here, please.

  47. brianav036 says: Mar 7, 2016 1:18 PM

    Take Dion Jordan and another one of our bad contracts and Miami will do it.

  48. topwonk says: Mar 7, 2016 1:20 PM

    For Eagles fans, this sounds too good to be true…

  49. fanofpft says: Mar 7, 2016 1:31 PM

    Only 3M of the 10 is guaranteed the following year. But the first year 8.M is guaranteed. So no reworking that which is what the Fins would pay along with a late round pick. This must be leverage on Grimes.

  50. benfranklinshat says: Mar 7, 2016 1:31 PM

    Howie must be talking to Ron Hextall.

  51. scmems07 says: Mar 7, 2016 1:37 PM

    I can see this working, though. If they package Dion Jordan’s $10 cap hit this season ( I believe that’s what it is) and get Maxwell to work with Joseph, who has gotten the best out of the CB’s in Cin. If Maxwell doesn’t work out, then they can easily cut him with little to no cap hit after the season, and they got something out of the Jordan debacle.

  52. VenerableAxiom says: Mar 7, 2016 1:37 PM

    tylawspick6 says:
    Mar 7, 2016 12:05 PM
    Miami is in a cap hell. This will keep them there.
    ——–
    At present, the Fins have more cap space than the pats, so the pats are in hell as well, without any free agents.

  53. oreo51 says: Mar 7, 2016 1:43 PM

    Seattle, is the real winner here. They will be using the pick they received for Maxwell at the end of the third round in this years draft. They knew he was a serviceable, but not great CB who the league would over-value. We have a couple more for the rest of the league this year.

  54. finsphan says: Mar 7, 2016 1:43 PM

    Miami is expected to release Grimes (and his loudmouth wife), so this makes more sense as to why Miami is looking for someone younger with experience. Grimes is my guy, but he is clearly not the player he was 2 years ago. That free’s up another $6.5 mil to help soften the blow for Maxwell’s contract. Grimes didn’t perform much better than Maxwell last year, he got into the pro bowl by name only, and the fact that everyone else bowed out, so if Joseph can work with him and turn him into a top 10-20 CB, it could work out for the better.

  55. fanofpft says: Mar 7, 2016 1:45 PM

    I meant 8.5M this is what they would pay him which is less than what Grimes wanted who is now cut BTW.
    And they would be on the hook for 3M the next season if it don’t work out. And a late rounder(so how is this overpaying?)

    Would BM come with a wife that is a locker room mole?

  56. fanofpft says: Mar 7, 2016 1:50 PM

    And everyone in Fins land wants Sean hands of stone Smith. They forgot how frustrating watching what should be INT’s bounce off his hands.

  57. VenerableAxiom says: Mar 7, 2016 1:51 PM

    iamkillerfin says:
    Mar 7, 2016 12:49 PM
    There is plenty of young talent we should be able to get out of the draft a lot cheaper than a has been!!! Tannenbuam you still suck go back to the junk jets!!! Oh I forgot they FIRED you & IDIOT Ross is the only one that would hire you!!!
    ——–
    Do you really think they’re not drafting a CB as well. He’s probably a replacement for Grimes.

  58. steves11 says: Mar 7, 2016 2:05 PM

    Speaking as an Eagles fan, PLEASE let this trade happen!

  59. VenerableAxiom says: Mar 7, 2016 2:08 PM

    It may include a trade down in the draft for Miami. I think they will make him a free safety if they get him.

  60. jonwill57 says: Mar 7, 2016 2:16 PM

    I certainly hope this report is accurate and actually happens!

    Signed,
    Jim Schwartz

  61. fishyinalittledishy says: Mar 7, 2016 2:24 PM

    Dolphins should get a pick for taking that contract on. How on earth can we afford him. It’s like watching one of those tv shows were people are just digging themselves into more and more debt before sending in the debt consultant for the purposes of interesting tv.

  62. mwcarolina says: Mar 7, 2016 2:36 PM

    if Miami makes this trade, i could see it backfiring on them. just go after other corners on this market.

  63. fanofpft says: Mar 7, 2016 2:49 PM

    mwcarolina says:
    Mar 7, 2016 2:36 PM

    if Miami makes this trade, i could see it backfiring on them. just go after other corners on this market.

    .
    They all want longer term contracts. Fins only have to pay BM guaranteed base pay. The 2nd year it drops to 3M.

  64. fanofpft says: Mar 7, 2016 3:03 PM

    Now Kiko Alonso is also included.

  65. imamarinebiologist says: Mar 7, 2016 3:10 PM

    Sorry bassplucker, but Eagles fans say Yeeeeeesss.

  66. steves11 says: Mar 7, 2016 3:40 PM

    Miami is demanding that the Eagles include Mark Sanchez in the deal. Think the Eagles should go for it?

  67. FinFan68 says: Mar 7, 2016 3:41 PM

    fanofpft says:
    Mar 7, 2016 1:50 PM
    And everyone in Fins land wants Sean hands of stone Smith. They forgot how frustrating watching what should be INT’s bounce off his hands
    ~~~~~~~
    I didn’t forget. He dropped a ton of sure-fire picks. He made a couple amazing ones as well while in Miami. I would rather have a tall CB that can contest jump balls and be a force in red zone defense even if he drops the pick, than a guy who routinely gives up TDs because he isn’t even in the camera shot when the receiver hauls it in and cruises to the end zone.

    The only way to win is by scoring more points than the other team. If the offense isn’t going to put up a ton of points, keeping the other team out of the end zone is the best way to help ensure whatever the offense does might be enough to win. I would rather win a game 13-10 than lose one 31-28.

  68. fanofpft says: Mar 7, 2016 3:55 PM

    @ FinFan68

    I have to admit I’d welcome those dropped should be picks back over what they have had after he left as frustrating as they are. With all the cuts there could be potential 40+M in cap space coming. So maybe he makes it back or someone else like Packman.

  69. eagles512 says: Mar 7, 2016 5:50 PM

    He’s overpaid but not nearly as bad as eagles fans make him out to be. They couldn’t get the opener out of their heads so even after he played pretty well the rest of the year, it didn’t matter.

  70. fanofpft says: Mar 7, 2016 6:31 PM

    If first round picks are swapped. Would Hargreaves still be there at 14?

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