Veteran cornerback Cary Williams is visiting the Seahawks Thursday as Byron Maxwell makes an ESPN media tour that seems to reinforce the notion he won't be returning to Seattle.

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Cornerback Cary Williams, an eight-year NFL veteran and a starter the last two years with the Philadelphia Eagles, is visiting the Seahawks today, a league source confirmed.

That visit comes as Seattle cornerback Byron Maxwell, who becomes an unrestricted free agent on Tuesday, is making a media tour at ESPN, appearing on a variety of shows on several platforms, making it clear he is open to offers from other teams — and only reinforcing the perception that he is unlikely to return to the Seahawks.

Appearing on ESPN’s First Take (video below) Maxwell said that while he would “love to be in Seattle… at the same time this is a business and I’ve got to do what’s best for my family.”

Upon prodding from the hosts, he specifically named Philadelphia and Atlanta as places where he thinks he would fit well due to the scheme and coaches, mentioning new Falcons head coach Dan Quinn, the defensive coordinator with the Seahawks the past two seasons.

“Definitely Philly,” he said. “You look at them because they run the same type of defense and they are committed to winning. … obviously Atlanta because I’m familiar with Dan Quinn. Just a lot of teams out there you could see yourself there.”

So yeah, Maxwell is going to be nigh near impossible to keep, which is why Seattle is today hosting Williams, who was released by the Eagles earlier this week in a salary cap move. As noted earlier, he was due to make $6.5 million in 2015.

The 30-year-old Williams started all 33 regular season and playoff games for the Eagles the past two years. He previously played for Tennessee and Baltimore and started in the Ravens’ Super Bowl XVIII win over the 49ers.

Since Williams has been released, he could be signed at any time by Seattle, and it’s certainly possible something could happen quickly. But more likely is that the visit by Williams is the beginning of Seattle’s attempt to replace Maxwell, if it comes to that, with other players likely in the mix — as noted earlier, there are also reports that the Seahawks will be interested in Green Bay’s Tramon Williams should be become a free agent on Tuesday.

Cary Williams is also thought likely to want to check out the Ravens, his former team, and this story reports he is set to visit the Titans on Monday, the first team for which he played, and he reportedly will also visit the Jets.

Still, all of this shows Seattle is being proactive about making sure it will have a veteran corner ready to step in for Maxwell and also to bolster a spot that is suddenly hurting with Tharold Simon (shoulder) and Jeremy Lane (knee) each also having off-season surgeries.

Williams has gained a reputation for not being afraid to say whatever is on his mind — he said in September that the Eagles were being overworked in practice, for instance.

And while the Philly pass defense struggled this season, Williams was regarded as having an okay season — Pro Football Focus rated him 49th of 108 cornerbacks this season, giving up 56 receptions on 99 targets. He was also durable, playing 1,198 snaps in 2014, the most of any cornerback in the NFL.

As for Maxwell, he also spoke in the video below about his thoughts on the final play call of the Super Bowl.

Maxwell said that while there was an initial natural reaction of being shocked and angry, that “you can’t point fingers. At the end of the day, we gave up a 10-point lead, the defense. So for me to point fingers at someone else, that’s not right.”

Maxwell also called theories that the team wanted Russell Wilson to be the MVP and not Marshawn Lynch as “ludicrous. To be honest with you, Pete Carroll or whoever made the call is only thinking about winning the game at that time. You can’t tell me he’s thinking about anything else … that’s dumb, stupid.’