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Rumor Mill: Eagles Out In Front For Maxwell

Byron Maxwell is a highly sought-after commodity on the free agent market, but according to Yahoo!'s Rand Getlin the Eagles are "out in front" for the cornerback's services.

A member of the Legion of Boom secondary in Seattle that paced the league's top defensive in 2014 and won a Super Bowl in 2013, Maxwell was a sixth-round pick in the 2011 NFL Draft out of Clemson.

He's 6-1, 207 pounds. He fits the size profile that the Eagles want in a cornerback. He can play press coverage. He can cover receivers on an island. He is a good tackler in both run support and in terms of limiting yards after the catch. He also benefitted from playing across from All-Pro Richard Sherman by getting more pass targets.

He became a full-time starter for the first time in 2014 and had 39 tackles, two interceptions, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery in 13 games (missed three games due to calf injury).

Per Pro Football Focus, Maxwell was targeted 85 times, including playoffs, compared to Sherman, who had 75 targets but did not miss a game. Maxwell was thrown at more than 10 times in a game twice. He allowed 12.3 yards per catch, but only an average of only 3.25 yards after the catch.

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