Dallas Cowboys’ Dez Bryant (88) runs a route as Philadelphia Eagles’ Byron Maxwell (31) defends Sunday, Nov. 8, 2015, in Arlington, Texas.
The Philadelphia Eagles will trade cornerback Byron Maxwell, along with linebacker Kiko Alonso, to the Miami Dolphins when the league year begins Wednesday. Here are five things to know about the Dolphins’ newest cover man.
1. A native of North Charleston, S.C., Maxwell was a two-sport star in college and earned a slew of collegiate offers despite missing his entire senior season with a torn ACL, which he suffered in a pick-up basketball game.
2. Maxwell ultimately picked Clemson, where he spent five years (including a redshirt season). He recorded 163 tackles, three interceptions, 20 pass break-ups and six forced fumbles in his career.
3. Seen as a project out of college, Maxwell slipped to the sixth round. The Seahawks took him with the 173rd overall pick.
4. Maxwell flourished in Seattle, and was a charter member of the Legion of Boom. He appeared in back-to-back Super Bowls, winning the title in the 2013 season.
5. He became a free agent in 2015, and cashed in. The Eagles gave him a six-year, $63 million contract. They decided to trade him to the Dolphins after a disappointing first season in Philadelphia.