According to a report from Jayson Braddock, free agent cornerback Byron Maxwell will be a member of the Philadelphia Eagles when the new league year officially begins at 4 PM ET on Tuesday, March 10. Though the contract can't be officially signed until then, Braddock is reporting the Maxwell deal is "done." Jimmy Kempski of PhillyVoice is confirming the report. So is Mike Garafolo of FOX Sports 1.
UPDATE: The deal is said to be worth around $63 million over six years, which is the figure that was originally reported by Braddock. The contract also reportedly contains $25 million in guaranteed money.
The Eagles needed cornerback help this offseason and they certainly got it with Maxwell. The 6-1, 207 pound 27-year-old figures to be an immediate starter on Philadelphia's defense. The Clemson alumnus started 17 games in 47 appearances with the Seattle Seahawks over four years. In that time he recorded six interceptions, 30 passes defensed, three forced fumbles, and 78 tackles.
The signing of Maxwell hardly comes as a surprise. The Eagles were rumored to be front-runners for him all offseason. Those rumors intensified in recent days thanks to the NFL's "legal tampering" period. Maxwell also seemed to express mutual interest in joining the Eagles in a recent appearance on ESPN.
The reported signing of Maxwell might just be the start of what's shaping up to be a busy offseason for Philadelphia. The team is also still reportedly interest in free agent safety Devin McCourty among other players.