ESPN NFL insider Adam Schefter has an update on the Byron Maxwell trade rumor that was first reported earlier on Monday. Per Schefter, Eagles linebacker Kiko Alonso is also involved in the deal. Draft picks seem to be in the mix as well.
Eagles-Dolphins now trying to finalize trade that will send Kiko Alonso and Byron Maxwell to MIA for draft-pick comp, per league— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 7, 2016
This is obviously a big deal. There's no indication yet exactly what the draft pick(s) would be.
It doesn't take a genius to figure out the driving force behind this trade is Howie Roseman trying to clean up the "mistakes" Chip Kelly made last offseason. The Eagles signed Maxwell to a big contract last year and they traded all-time franchise leading rusher LeSean McCoy to the Buffalo Bills in order to get Alonso. Both players struggled in 2015 and now both are going to be gone.
Getting rid of Maxwell and Alonso figures to save the Eagles around $5.8 million in cap space. It also means they'll need a new starters at cornerback and 4-3 outside linebacker.
Note that a trade cannot be officially executed until Wednesday, March 9 at 4:00 PM ET when the new league year begins.
UPDATE: More confirmation from NFL insider Ian Rapoport.
Kiko Alonso & Byron Maxwell have both been informed they are being traded to the #Dolphins, pending physicals, source said. It's happening— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) March 7, 2016