The Philadelphia Eagles have finalized a trade sending cornerback Byron Maxwell and linebacker Kiko Alonso to the Dolphins, pending physicals.
Both players have apparently been informed that they are headed to Miami. Maxwell was signed to a hefty six-year, $63 million contract from Seattle last offseason. The former Seahawk had an up-and-down season, and struggled in man coverage. With Jim Schwartz bringing an attack-style defense to Philadelphia, Maxwell’s deficiencies playing a receiver one-on-one made him an expendable asset.
Kiko Alonso was the compensation for running back LeSean McCoy in last year’s trade with Buffalo. Alonso made a dazzling one-handed interception against the Falcons in the Eagles’ season opener, but struggled to make an impact throughout the season. Whether he was fully healthy is unknown, and is leaving a slight bit of doubt on the trade, as Alonso will have to be cleared by the Dolphins’ medical staff for the trade to go through.
The move will reportedly send the Eagles a late round pick, and clear up an additional $5.8 million in salary cap room. The Eagles are reported to have interest in former Lions OLB Tahir Whitehead to replace Alonso, as the former Temple linebacker played for Jim Schwartz when Schwartz was in Detroit. Reports indicate Eagles are also interested in corner Patrick Robinson, potentially to replace Maxwell.
UPDATE 3/9/16, 10:44 AM: After a mess of reports saying the deal was dead because of Maxwell’s shoulder issues, our own Max Burka first reported the trade was back on:
Adam Schefter reports on ESPN that the two sides will still swap first round picks.
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