It looks like the Philadelphia Eagles are trying to wash the Chip Kelly era out of their collective system. Executive vice president Howie Roseman has taken over personnel and he’s already started to move on from some of Kelly’s personnel decisions. He and the Eagles have agreed to trade cornerback Byron Maxwell and linebacker Kiko Alonzo to the Miami Dolphins.
And in exchange, the Eagles will receive undisclosed draft picks from the Dolphins. Maxwell was Nnamdi Asomugha 2.0 when he went tot he Eagles, giving up too many big plays for someone with his salary. While playing like a cornerback that’s nothings special, he got more than $13 million in 2015 pay.
But the Dolphins would get him for $8.5 million this season and $10.5 million in 2017, including $3 million guaranteed because of the big signing and roster bonuses that the Eagles paid last year. Maxwell is due. The Dolphins are hoping Maxwell’s failure in Philly is a scheme-fit thing and can rebound in new defensive coordinator Vance Joseph’s unit.
And of course, the Eagles are dumping Maxwell’s contract while trying to move on from Kelly’s time. I seriously doubt the Dolphins gave up anything more than a late-round draft pick for him. What’s left to figure out now is if Maxwell is to replace or be paired with veteran Brent Grimes.
Stay tuned as I’m sure there will be more moves by both teams this offseason!