Tony Pauline of DraftInsider.net posted an update to his original rumor about the Philadelphia Eagles being the front-runner to land top free agent cornerback Byron Maxwell. Here's what Pauline originally had to say:
"Present word has the Philadelphia Eagles as front runners for cornerback Byron Maxwell."
And here's the update, which seems to confirm his original report:
"Since my posting Friday on the belief the Philadelphia Eagles are the front-runners for Byron Maxwell, additional sources have told me they agree with the assessment and feel Maxwell will end up with the team."
As I've said before, it wouldn't surprise me if these reports turn out to be true. He's only 27 (it's actually his birthday today) and he played well for Seattle. The Seahawks probably won't be able to keep him because they have other players (Russell Wilson, Bobby Wagner) to sign. Maxwell fits what the Eagles like out of their cornerbacks from a size perspective; he's tall and long. Take a look:
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Last week Pauline reported that Maxwell is looking for around $10 million per year. The Eagles have over $24 million in cap room and that number could increase with some cap causalities. Signing Maxwell would go towards solving Philadelphia's desperate need for new cornerbacks.
Now, the Eagles surely won't be the only team interested in Maxwell. He figures to have a number of suitors on the market. But Philly has a lot of money and can offer him a starting job, so they'll definitely be in the mix when free agency begins on March 10.