Yikes. It's not officially canceled, however.
Looking into Byron Maxwell's shoulder's is described as something that happens with many trades/signings. Concerning, but not abnormal.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) March 9, 2016
Assuming the deal doesn't go through, the Eagles could be stuck with Maxwell and his $9.7 million cap figure for the 2016 season. The Eagles were set to save to $4.9 million this year by sending him to Miami. Getting rid of Alonso would bring the total savings up to around $5.8 million. Not having this extra money could mess with Philadelphia's free agency plans as the new league year is set to begin at 4:00 PM ET today.
Maxwell suffered a shoulder injury late during the 2015 season that kept him out of Philadelphia's final two games. Along with Alonso, he reportedly took a physical with the Dolphins on Tuesday.
Maybe the Dolphins are having second thoughts on the trade due to the negative public response. Maybe they're trying to get out of this deal before it becomes official. Or maybe they're trying to use Maxwell's shoulder as a way to change the compensation they're sending to the Eagles. Though we don't know the exact draft picks involved yet, this trade is rumored to be lopsided in Philadelphia's favor.
And so we'll be waiting to see what ultimately happens with this one. Stay tuned to BGN for all the latest updates and rumors.
UPDATE #2: Still some hope?
From the Eagles perspective, trade with Miami is ongoing process. Still going through details of the physicals and trying to complete a deal— Jason La Canfora (@JasonLaCanfora) March 9, 2016
Eagles/Fins trade was originally to include a swap of 1st rnd picks and a reworked deal for B. Maxwell starting in '17. Terms could change— Jason La Canfora (@JasonLaCanfora) March 9, 2016
Trade is NOT off at this time. Dolphins gathering more information that will determine comfort level for going forward. That's where it is.— Armando Salguero (@ArmandoSalguero) March 9, 2016
UPDATE #3: I don't even know how to react to this.
Source: Maxwell went to Miami for physical, told Dolphins’ doc he couldn’t do bench press or pushups. Told Eagles he was fine at end of year— Les Bowen (@LesBowen) March 9, 2016
Maxwell sprained SC joint, where collarbone meets sternum, missed last 2 games. Told Eagles he could’ve played if they’d made the playoffs— Les Bowen (@LesBowen) March 9, 2016