His looming deal with the Eagles, reportedly $60 million over six years and guaranteeing $25 million, is not far off the deal Richard Sherman signed last year: five years, $57.4 million with $40 million guaranteed. That’s the kind of overpayment free agency breeds.
The Hawks apparently tried to retain him, surprisingly offering as much as $8 million a year, but what chance did they have at that rate?
Seahawks fans are ruing the loss, but why? The Pete Carroll Secondary School made Maxwell, and they will make another guy just like him. Carroll is the key to Seattle’s secondary. Maxwell was just a cog.
Lest you forget, Maxwell did nothing for most of his first three years.
A sixth-round pick in 2011, the same year Sherman was drafted in the fifth round, Maxwell struggled with injuries in his first two seasons. He played in just 18 games in 2011 and 2012 and did not emerge until late in the 2013 season, after Brandon Browner and Walter Thurmond were both suspended.
He then lit it up to finish 2013, with four interceptions in the final four games. Last year, he had two picks in 13 games. (Hilariously, Pro Football Focus apparently rated him below even Tharold Simon among NFL cornerbacks last season, which should tell you all you need to know about PFF’s grading system.)
Maxwell has become very good — thanks to the Pete Carroll Secondary School. Of course, he is not $10 million/year good.
The NFL cornerback market has been very fickle over the last few years, with many teams dropping guys just one or two years into their huge contracts. Last year alone, Atlanta cut Asante Samuel, Detroit dropped Chris Houston, Kansas City released Dunta Robinson & Brandon Flowers, the Jets jettisoned Antonio Cromartie, San Francisco cut Carlos Rogers, St. Louis lopped Cortland Finnegan and Tampa Bay dumped Darrelle Revis.
Like many teams that have overpaid cornerbacks in recent years, the Eagles likely will end up cutting Maxwell in a couple of years, too.