2. A former member of the “Legion of Boom” doesn’t boom with the Philadelphia Eagles.
Howie Roseman can’t be blamed for this one either. This one, like that DeMarco Murray debacle, is on Chip Kelly. On March 10th of 2015, the Philadelphia Eagles signed Byron Maxwell to a six-year deal worth $63 million. That’s an additional year and $3 million more than they signed Asomugha for. Perhaps, it would have been better had the pen run out of ink that day.
Murray’s and Maxwell’s arrival was supposed to be the highlight of the 2015 offseason. It didn’t quite turn out that way.
Unlike Asomugha, Maxwell’s hefty price tag didn’t come with the same degree of hype. Maxwell’s deal was immediately met with concern. We could explain why Asomugha got his money. No one could figure this out when it happened, and no one understands this one five years later.
The former sixth-round selection earned a starting nod in Seattle’s Legion of Boom defensive secondary, but his value seemed to be inflated by the fact that he was playing in the league’s premier defense.
Predictably, once Maxwell didn’t have Richard Sherman on the opposite side of the field and Earl Thomas, Kam Chancellor, and Bobby Wagner walking around, things fell apart. In his first game as an Eagle, Maxwell was tasked with defending Julio Jones. He gave up nine receptions on 11 targets and two touchdowns that day. It only got worse from there as, in his lone season in Philadelphia, Maxwell earned an overall grade of 44.4 from Pro Football Focus, and he was ranked as the 80th best cornerback in the league.