The Dolphins and Eagles agreed to a trade earlier this week that would send cornerback Byron Maxwell and linebacker Kiko Alonso to Miami pending physicals and a reworked contract for Maxwell.
The trade can’t become official until 4 p.m. ET and it might not become official at all. Ed Werder and Chris Mortensen of ESPN report that the Dolphins have a concern about Maxwell’s shoulder and that the trade may be scrapped as a result.
Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald said on PFT Live Wednesday that Maxwell did not fail the physical, but that the Dolphins will have to get comfortable with the condition of Maxwell’s shoulder for the trade to go through.
Maxwell ended the 2015 season on injured reserve because of a shoulder injury, so an issue wouldn’t be coming totally out of left field even if conventional wisdom was that Alonso’s knee might be problematic when it came to getting through the physical.
There’s sure to be more on this as the day develops, but one of the moves we anticipated getting made at the start of the league year may not come to fruition.
UPDATE 8:13 a.m. ET: Werder adds that “as of now” the deal should be considered dead and that it would have also included a swap of 2016 first round picks that would have moved the Eagles’ No. 13 pick to Miami for the No. 8 pick.