If you had any doubt about the reports of Byron Maxwell signing with the Philadelphia Eagles... doubt no longer. According to ESPN's Josina Anderson, Maxwell confirmed the signing himself.
I just got off the phone with CB Byron Maxwell. Maxwell told me directly, "I'm going to Philly." #Eagles— Josina Anderson (@JosinaAnderson) March 8, 2015
Maxwell is reportedly joining the Eagles are the total cost of $53 million over five years with $25 million guaranteed. He was an obvious target for the Eagles all offseason.
Although Maxwell will not be able to officially sign until Tuesday, March 10, his confirmation is key. Especially because there was a report about the Seattle Seahawks trying to make one last push to retain his services. Via Adam Schefter:
"The Eagles also are considered the front-runner for free-agent cornerback Byron Maxwell. However, they will have to fend off the Seattle Seahawks, who have been making a last-ditch effort to bring Maxwell back to Seattle, according to sources. The Eagles still are considered the favorite to land him, but the Seahawks are making the decision interesting, sources said."
The Eagles desperately needed to address their secondary this offseason. Maxwell could be a strong addition to a previously weak secondary.
UPDATE: Maxwell's agent denies that it's official. But of course he would say that because teams aren't allowed to "officially" sign yet.
A lot of chatter about Byron Maxwell to Philly...Is Philly interested? Yes. Is Byron Maxwell interested in Philly? Yes. Is it official? No!— Alvin Keels (@AlvinKeels) March 8, 2015