Byron Maxwell: I’m going to Philly

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For a team operating during a period when the NFL says that they aren’t supposed to be doing more than expressing interest and exchanging information with representatives of impending free agents, the Eagles seem to be landing quite a few commitments.

Running back Frank Gore has been telling people that he’s heading to Philadelphia and now cornerback Byron Maxwell has sent the same message to Josina Anderson of ESPN.

“I’m going to Philly” Maxwell told Anderson during a phone conversation.

There have been reports that Maxwell will be signing a five-year deal with $25 million in guaranteed money as he leaves the Seahawks for the Eagles, which would mean Philly paid a big price to fill a big need on their defense.

With Brandon Flowers and Kareem Jackson avoiding the market and Maxwell apparently off of it before it even opens, guys like Chris Culliver, Buster Skrine Antonio Cromartie and Tramon Williams move to the top of the list of available players at the position.

70 responses to “Byron Maxwell: I’m going to Philly

  1. And yet, will the Eagles get in trouble for going beyond hypothetical negotiations? Nope.

    The rules during this tampering period are a joke.

  2. If this is true then it is great news for philly .. someone to defend against Odell (Giants) , Dez (Cowboys) and Jackson (Redskins) will make a HUGE difference in 6 games in their schedule. makes this deal worth every penny.

  3. If my Pats want to keep Revis, obviously they must give him more guaranteed money than $25 million. I’m guessing around $30 million, but maybe it will be higher than that. This year has been crazy. The amount of money the Bills paid for Shady, the Fins for Suh, and now Philly for Maxwell. Just a crazy amount of money being spent this year.

  4. Good for you Maxwell. Thanks for your efforts the last 2 years in Seattle.

    Congrat’s to Philly for getting a solid DB as DB’s go! Glad Seattle doesn’t have to compete against him.

  5. How can Kelly give a 3 year deal to a 32 year old broken running back with thousands of miles on the odometer and 2 surgically repaired knees and 25 million to a guy whose mistakes were covered up by Richard Sherman?

  6. The guy is a worker. You’re getting a high character, blue collar player, Philadelphia. Oh yeah, he can play some football, too. 25 million guaranteed, though? Eh…I guess.

  7. Sad the Niners won’t be re-signing Gore. He still has it and is a straight up good citizen. You never hear about Gore being in trouble with the law or his team. Class act all the way. Best to luck to him in Philly if they sign him. He will give them a boost.

  8. wawa33 says:
    Mar 8, 2015 5:19 PM
    How can Kelly give a 3 year deal to a 32 year old broken running back with thousands of miles on the odometer and 2 surgically repaired knees and 25 million to a guy whose mistakes were covered up by Richard Sherman?

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    Please explain how Maxwell’s mistakes we recovered up by the cornerback on the opposite side of the field?

  9. wawa your so smart. I just cant express my admiration for you. we got a running back for 7 million who runs straight and gets tough yards, doesn’t lose yards, mc coy led the league in negative gains. we had to overpay for Maxwell, now we draft corner back in draft and linebacker,

  10. Ronni brown and namdi part II. You don’t build through free agency in the nfl. You build a team through the draft and then one or two fa pieces to complement what you have. More proof that chip does not understand the nfl. Gore over lesean with fifty million under the cap is mind boggling. Maxwell was good when part of the legion of boom but as the guy. Not so much. This off season in philly is going to end with a huge implosion.

  11. McCourty may go to Philly…and with that quality of coaching he’ll end up like Patrick Chung.

    Belichick may be able to get exceptional performance from a player, but your coach isn’t.

    Just ask Tomlinson about Blount or Fox about Welker or Lewis about Green Ellis or Ryan about Woodhead or…..

  12. wawa33 says:
    Mar 8, 2015 5:19 PM
    How can Kelly give a 3 year deal to a 32 year old broken running back with thousands of miles on the odometer and 2 surgically repaired knees and 25 million to a guy whose mistakes were covered up by Richard Sherman?

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    This guy is why i dislike a ton of eagles fans here in town …..

    How can one corner cover up for the others mistakes ?? that makes no sense. Now you could say a safety.

    This guy ended up playing against a ton of top WR who were avoiding Sherman. He got thrown at a ton to avoid sherman. His stats weren’t the best but again a lot of that is teams going after him and only him. That being said i would Sherman HURT MAxwell more than anything else on the field (i am sure he learned work ethic and training from sherm. i am just talking on the field)

  13. Not a bad 2 signings. Had to overpay a little to get their top cb but worth it. Hopefully front loading the contracts.

    I say the next biggest get needs to be Franklin.

  14. Big money free agents do not work in the nfl because people become civilized when they get that money. You cannot be civilized and be successful in the nfl, for the most part. There are exceptions but not usually the norm.

  15. Can we say Bobby Taylor 2.0.

    Now let’s go get House to be Troy Vincent

    I miss the days the Eagles could get up and be physical

  16. cboys4life2014 says:
    Mar 8, 2015 5:31 PM
    Byron Maxwell: I wish I was going to Dallas.

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    You need to be more concerned about you’re RB leaving town and that WR not getting suspended for his off the field issues. Not to mention that window with Romo is closing fast.

  17. The NFL needs to change the system to allow discussions and open FA earlier or shut it down and have a firm date for the entire process……Along with whatever happens, the NFL needs to enforce their rules stringently, as this seems to be giving a potential advantage to those teams wanting to or willing to skirt the rules……

  18. I’d be more concerned with the mileage on Gore. San Francisco loves to run the ball. Don’t you think they’d want to keep a team leader there if he could get it done still? And in that style of up-tempo offense? Gore used to be a beast, but I have my doubt’s about him staying healthy in Chip’s system.

  19. I keep hearing you can’t build your team through free agency, which has some truth to it, however the Pats added two defensive free agents on D (Revis, Browner) and essentially a free agent on O (Blount) and I dare say the term “For fingers Bro” doesn’t exist w/0 those free agents.

    Cut Kelly some slack, he is essentially using Belichick’s 2014 plan to move ahead this year.

  20. I don’t get why all these haters are saying Richard Sherman made him look good. All you hear and see is that nobody throws at Sherman, so logically that means they throw at Maxwell. A lot. And yet he was somehow shielded. Are ppl just trolling bc they don’t like all the press Chip gets? It makes no sense.

    If anyone outside of Philly had to watch the corner play we had to see the past few seasons you’d be joking for joy too. Maxwell may not be elite but he’s a huge upgrade. If the Birds can win 10 games with the worst corners in football what will they do with solid corners? Welcome Byron… Prove the haters wrong.

  21. Not a bad signing for Philly but he is def not the total solution there. He’s good # 2 corner. I really don’t understand the mentality of the Eagles to again to try to build through free agency after the Dream Team mess and after the disaster created in Washington who is in their division from trying the free agency route. If they would have left their own drafted players and not let Chip get on a big ego trip they would have DJAX, Shady, Maclin to help Foles develop. Foles is a young QB who has shown he can play in this league he just needs experience and good coaching ( that rules egomaniac Chip out). Eagles should focus all their draft resources on building the D and add some solid young role players from free agency. Eagles fans might think McCourty is the answer to all their problems but Byrd didn’t fix the Saints and McCourty is going to be more than 10 mil a year for a non QB and he was on a Contender with one of the great Defensive minds in NFL history as his head coach…does he have that in Philly? Not hardly! Chip is destroying the Eagles. In Chip you trust…

  22. Youknowimright says:
    Mar 8, 2015 5:30 PM
    Ronni brown and namdi part II. You don’t build through free agency in the nfl.
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    Nice try hot shot but tell that to the SB winning Pats who signed Revis and Browner last offseason.

  23. wawa33 says: Mar 8, 2015 5:19 PM

    How can Kelly give a 3 year deal to a 32 year old broken running back with thousands of miles on the odometer and 2 surgically repaired knees and 25 million to a guy whose mistakes were covered up by Richard Sherman.
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    His mistakes, which were not many, were covered up by ETIII, not Sherman. Sherman just made sure BMax kept very, very busy!

  24. As a Hawks fan, I think the Hawks are snpmart not to overpay Maxwell. Our secondary won’t be as dominant, but we must make smart choices.

  25. Chip grabs the best CB in football, sweeet!
    This could be the “dream team” we’ve all been waiting for.
    Time to make space inda trophy case! (hey, that rhymes!)
    Fly, Eagles fly, on the road to victory!
    E-A-G-L-E-S, Eagles!!!!

  26. What does Vegas say? 5 to 1? It’s early obviously. Not touching Philly, to much splash for cash. (yeah, like I know)

  27. I like all the trollsters saying Maxwell can’t play I live in Seattle and I am also an Eagles fan Maxwell was thrown at all the time he is good. Also all of you coaching buffs the Eagles upgraded their DB coaching by hiring Denvers DB coach they had the best DB’s in the AFC last season.

  28. Now that the local sports talk guys are reporting Maclin has or will resign and so will Sanchez i now fully believe the Eagles have a deal in place with the Titans probably this years and next years first and foles and maybe late pick to round it out. Deal is great for both clubs.

    Looks like you got your team now Chip. No excuses. Go get em !!!!!

  29. I’m not a Seahawks fan, but they still have Sherman, Lane, Chancellor, and Thomas as their core defensive backs. Most teams would take that in a minute. The amazing thing is that they had those four plus Browner and Maxwell a couple of years ago – not bad.

  30. He might not be the CB in the league , but he’s our best option . If we didn’t sign Maxwell then tell me who else they get that’s better?? We got 50$ million in cap so it’s not like he’s braking the bank. Good signing Eagles now go fill the rest of the secondary holes.

  31. kamthechancellor says:
    Mar 8, 2015 5:50 PM
    I’d be more concerned with the mileage on Gore. San Francisco loves to run the ball. Don’t you think they’d want to keep a team leader there if he could get it done still? And in that style of up-tempo offense? Gore used to be a beast, but I have my doubt’s about him staying healthy in Chip’s system.

    ____________

    Gore will be in a 3 back system in Philly. Sproles and Polk aren’t going anywhere because of this deal. Both of them will get their carries (Polk probably a lot more than last year)

  32. Good signing to start things off. Biggest need for the last 3 years is finally checked off, at least on one side of the field. I’m not a big fan of the rest of the CB FA class, so I’d rather they went after a safety and drafted a corner. But at this point, I think Chip is trying to fill as many holes as possible in FA so he can make a run at Mariotta……and they just might have the money to do it

  33. Philly getting a very good corner who is STILL improving. We’re going to miss him in Seattle.

  34. Byron Maxwell is a giant step up for the Eagles. As a Hawks fan, I can tell you he held up well. Playing opposite Sherman he was targeted constantly.

    For those saying that the Eagles overpaid…. I disagree. 10 million per sounds just about right, seeing how top level CB’s are getting in the 15-18 range.

    As for Gore…. the dude is STILL a performer. Being in our division, I’ve watched him for the last decade, and he may not be quite as explosive as he used to be, but if he’s the power, to Sproles lightning…. that’s not a bad combo.

  35. Assuming the amounts in the reports are accurate, teams are acting like the 2016 cap will be higher than expected. Nothing else makes sense

  36. He can play, but he’s not the sharpest knife in the kitchen. We’ll see how much was Maxwell and how much was his teammates and great coaching.

    Kelly’s style is gonna wear thin in Philly, so they’d better win the NFCE this year or rumblings will begin.

  37. At the beginning of this article it states that the Eagles are breaking the rules, much like the Dolphins broke the tampering rules with Suh. And the Jets did with Revis. Now if the Patriots did that then all hell would break loose! Take about a sickening double standard.

  38. Wait just a minute. Last week PFT posted that BMax fired his agent and couldn’t participate in the 3 day ‘pre’ free agent whirlwind due to the waiting period the Labor Contract has written into it… you said he couldn’t even talk to any teams as the rules stipulated the ONLY contact was through his agent… and he doesn’t have one.

    Yeah, the rules are working, NFL!

    js

  39. @ibangrocks4fun

    I said adding one or two like the pats did with revis and browner as complements works. Building a whole team like chip is trying to do does not work. Don’ t post what you want to make this chipsaster feel better. Wanting to be belicheck and the pats and actually being them are two different things. Remember belicheck had to fail as a browns coach to succeed as a patriot. The eagles are kelly’s browns. He will be better at his next coaching stop.

  40. tb12bestqbevah says:
    And the downward spiral of the Seattle dynasty-that-never-was continues.
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    Hmm, let’s see, in the 3 years since Russell Wilson became the Seahawks rookie quarterback the Seahawks have:

    Won more games than any other team.

    Won more playoff games than any other team.

    Had more 4th quarter comeback wins than any other team.

    Led the NFL in defense for 3 straight years.

    Had more explosive plays than any other team.

    Made it to 2 Super Bowls.

    Won one of them.

    Only lost the other one because they had 19 guys on IR, including 5 big contributors/starters, had 2 more injuries to key defensive starters during the game and still would have won their 2nd in row if not for the worst OC play call in Super Bowl history.

    Oh, they also have $25 million in cap space this year and $67 million next year.

    I guess you have a different definition of “downward spiral” than the rest of known Universe does…

  41. The Maxwell signing reminds me a lot of the Nnamdi Asomugha signing.

    The Gore signing is a lot like when the ‘Skins signed Shaun Alexander.

  42. seahawkboymike says:
    Mar 8, 2015 7:59 PM

    Hmm, let’s see, in the 3 years since Russell Wilson became the Seahawks rookie quarterback the Seahawks have:

    Won more games than any other team.

    Won more playoff games than any other team.

    ================================

    I’d put the Patriots resume ahead of the Seahawks and it goes much longer. Been to three consecutive conference championships and have the same record as Seattle and beat them head to head in SB. However, your point is well taken. They have been great the last three years, although great franchises do it for longer than three years, especially in the salary cap era. You can now see what the cap does to stop dynasties.

  43. 25m in guaranteed? That would have been the total contract for me. Yikes. Buyer beware here. I am thinking he is a product of the defense they play. He isn’t Sherman or the safeties.

  44. The player is free to report anything they wish…that’s not tampering. Tampering is when an owner expresses an interest in a player under contract with another team.

    “…aren’t supposed to be doing more than expressing interest and exchanging information” includes anything and everything with regard to contract details, so there’s no tampering there, either.

    As for the 5-day grace period on the firing of an agent, we don’t really know when he fired the agent, we just have the day it was reported. It might have been 5 days before that even happened.

  45. “For a team operating during a period when the NFL says that they aren’t supposed to be doing more than expressing interest and exchanging information with representatives of impending free agents, the Eagles seem to be landing quite a few commitments.”

    You reserve this statement for the Eagles, because they appear to have commitments from 2 FA’s. But what about Torrey Smith to 9ers, Maclin to Chiefs, Suh to Dolphins?

    Why not say this about any team that appears to have a deal with a FA from another team?

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