A report from Rand Getlin of Yahoo! Sports on Saturday night indicated that the Eagles are "definitely out in front" in their pursuit of free agent cornerback Byron Maxwell. Now Getlin is reporting what Philadelphia is willing to pay the free agent cornerback, and it's (unsurprisingly) not cheap.
"The Eagles are currently willing to pay CB Byron Maxwell north of $10M per year, per a source. Top of the market."
An annual value of $10 million (or more) is certainly a lot. Only four NFL cornerbacks currently make more than that figure on per year basis: Darrelle Revis ($16 million), Patrick Peterson ($14 million), Richard Sherman ($14 million), and Joe Haden ($13.5 million).
The Eagles have been linked to Maxwell multiple times this offseason. They've appeared to be a front-runner for his services all along. Maxwell has also shown some mutual interest in joining Philadelphia.
Maxwell is a great fit for what the Eagles like in their cornerbacks. He's tall at 6-1 and he also has very long arms at 33.5 inches. The Eagles are in the market for two new starting cornerbacks after releasing Cary Williams and (likely) letting Bradley Fletcher walk in free agency.
Philadelphia can't officially sign Maxwell until free agency begins on Tuesday, March 10. For now, it seems like they're definitely the favorite to land him.