The veteran appears ticketed to again start in 2018.
The Seahawks on Tuesday officially re-signed cornerback Byron Maxwell, the team announced.
It had been previously reported that Maxwell had agreed to a one-year deal worth up to $3 million with incentives.
The re-signing of Maxwell — the agreement of which occurred just before the draft — helped to explain why the Seahawks didn’t take a corner higher in the draft, something that a few analysts have questioned.
Seattle took one cornerback, Tre Flowers of Oklahoma State in the fifth round. Mostly a safety in college, the Seahawks have said Flowers will try cornerback first.
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A lot of mock drafts had Seattle going with a cornerback in the first round.
But the Seahawks did not seriously consider that, safe in the knowledge at the time that Maxwell would re-sign
A 2011 draft pick and a starter for 17 games in 2013-14, Maxwell returned to the Seahawks last November after the loss of Richard Sherman due to injury and started the final six games of the season.
Full details of Maxwell’s contract have yet to be released. But a salary of anywhere close to $3 million would indicate the team envisions him again being a starter in 2018, potentially again on the left side with Shaquill Griffin on the right and Justin Coleman as the nickel.
The Seahawks also figure to have some pretty good battles for the final corner spot or two.
Assuming Maxwell, Coleman and Griffin are on the 53-man roster, that could leave the other five battling for what would probably be two spots.
The other six cornerbacks on the roster are Flowers, Neiko Thorpe, DeAndre Elliott, Mike Tyson, Akeem King and Dontae Johnson.