Reports: Eagles trading Byron Maxwell, Kiko Alonso to Dolphins

March 8th, 2016 by Sam Shipley | Filed under Eagles, Football, NFL.

Howie Roseman is wasting zero time trying to correct the mistakes made by Chip Kelly a year ago.

The legal tampering period started at 12:00 pm, and already the Eagles are reportedly making big waves around the league. According to multiple reports, the Eagles are trading Byron Maxwell and Kiko Alonso to the Miami Dolphins for undisclosed draft picks.

The trade was first reported by ESPN’s Adam Schefter:

The trade can not be made official until the NFL league year begins at 4:00 on Wednesday.

Maxwell signed a six-year deal worth $63 million last offseason as part of the flurry of Chip Kelly signings. When the signing was made there were obvious doubts as Maxwell played in a Seattle secondary that featured Earl Thomas, Kam Chancellor, and Richard Sherman in the defensive backfield with him. Those doubts came true as Maxwell did not come close to living up to expectations. By trading Maxwell, the Eagles would save $4.9 million against this year’s cap; they would still have a cap hit of $4.8 million in 2016.

Alonso was acquired in one of the most questionable trades in Eagles franchise history that featured LeSean McCoy heading to Buffalo in return. Coming off a excellent rookie season, Alonso tore his ACL prior to the 2014 season, and there was uncertainty if Alonso would be able to return to form. Bothered by an injury to the same knee, Alonso missed time last year for the Eagles and was a disaster when he was in the game.

The Eagles, who have many holes to fill this offseason, now have two more at cornerback and outside linebacker. Currently the Eagles have Eric Rowe under contract, and are reportedly in talks with Nolan Carroll to bring him back. However, if the Eagles decide to move Rowe to safety, they currently have no starting cornerbacks on the roster at this time. The Eagles will free up roughly $5.8 million if the trade does go through, which will give them around $22.3 million in cap space.

 

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