Byron Maxwell met the media in Philadelphia this afternoon for the first time since signing with the Eagles (you can watch a replay here) and as he did he confirmed that the Seahawks made a significant attempt to keep him.
Maxwell signed a six-year contract worth up to $60 million to leave Seattle after four seasons with the Seahawks.
Asked if he got any other offers that were close, he said: “Teams were close. Seattle, it came close. But it (the Eagles’ offer) was significantly a little better. I just had to make the right decision for me.” Some reports have stated the Seahawks offered $8 million a year.
Asked what contact he had with Seattle, Maxwell said: “We talked. We talked, and it was a tough decision. But ultimately I’m here and I’m happy with my decision, so let’s go.”
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Maxwell, in fact, said he flew into Philadelphia wearing full Eagles gear. So he’s turned the page quickly from Seattle, where he will be the most significant free agent loss for the Seahawks this season along with guard James Carpenter, who is expected to officially sign soon with the Jets.
Maxwell said prior to signing with the Eagles he talked with former Seattle teammate Chris Maragos, who signed with Philly last year, and he said he told Maxwell about the environment and the routine and that much of it was similar to that of Seattle’s.
Maxwell also said he liked the fact that the Eagles play “cover three, man press” in the secondary which is also similar to Seattle’s scheme. “That’s what I do,” he said.
“I don’t think it’s going to be too much different versus Seattle,” Maxwell said. “I had to do my job in Seattle and when I get here I’m going to do my job, whatever that may be.”
Seattle replaced Maxwell on Tuesday with the signing of Cary Williams, who started the last two seasons with the Eagles before being released last week. Williams signed a three-year deal worth $18 million.