The Seattle Seahawks looked to an old friend to help their depleted secondary. The Seahawks resigned Byron Maxwell after placing Richard Sherman on injured reserve due to last Thursday nights season-ending Achilles injury.
Maxwell was a sixth-round draft pick in 2011 and moved his way up the Seahawks depth chart from special teams contributor to an integral part of the Seahawks defensive backfield in 2013 and 2014. Maxwell’s best year with Seattle was in 2014 when he started twelves games. Maxwell was a starter in both of the Seahawks Superbowl in 2013 and 2014.
Maxwell became a highly sought out free agent after the 2014 season and choose to sign with the Philadelphia Eagles to begin the 2015 season. The Eagles traded Maxwell to the Miami Dolphins after just one season. Maxwell started 13 games for the Dolphins in 2016 but was released after two games this season. Seahawks head Pete Carroll is hoping Maxwell will fit in with this old club.
“Yeah, we are very fortunate. We will see how he does and how he fits in and all of that. He will have to compete for his way through it but it’s great to get a guy back that do have kind of the heritage and the background of the way we coach and techniques and principles and stuff like that. I’m anxious to see how he does.”
According to Carroll, the early indication is that Maxwell will play a back up roled with Jeremy Lane is expected to start in Sherman’s right cornerback position.
“Well it is really important that we are really focused and it doesn’t affect how we see our work and see our business and see the way we practice and the coaches and all that. We are very fortunate to have Jeremy Lane with us and ready to play. And now, Shaq [Griffin] has become a starter, Jeremy has legitimately been a starter so we couldn’t be much more fortunate than that to have a guy step up and a guy that has been around the program and all that.
Not to mention, there are other guys in the program that have done a good job too. Justin Coleman has done well. Neiko Thorpe has done well and now picking up Maxy [Byron Maxwell] to see where he fits into all of that. We are just very fortunate that we have the depth that we have and I’m going to count on them to play really well and I’m not counting on anything taking a backward step. I think we are going to keep moving forward.”
SEAHAWKS MAKE ROSTER MOVES
In addition to the Maxwell signing the Seahawks shuffled their backfield when they placed running back C.J. Prosise on the injured reserve and moved up Mike Davis from the practice squad to 53 man roster.