Maxwell, who spent the first four seasons of his career with the Seahawks, returned to Seattle last November and started the final six games of the season, racking up an impressive 38 tackles, seven pass breakups and one interception in the process. Cornerback is an area of need for the team with Richard Sherman no longer around, and Maxwell should have every opportunity to open the 2018 season in the starting lineup.
Maxwell recorded 46 tackles, seven pass breakups, one interception and two forced fumbles in nine 2017 games.
Maxwell played two games for the Dolphins and seven games for the Seahawks, posting the most tackles per game of his career. If Richard Sherman (Achilles) returns to full speed by the start of the 2018 season, Maxwell and Justin Coleman will battle for the No. 3 corner role.
Maxwell is on track to start Sunday's game against the 49ers, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.
Maxwell, who began his career in Seattle and played four seasons with the club before hitting free agency in 2015, re-signed with the team earlier this month after getting cut by the Dolphins. The Seahawks wasted no time thrusting him back into action Week 11 against the Falcons after Shaquil Griffin (concussion) departed the contest early, with Maxwell finishing that contest with three tackles and a pass breakup while playing 60 snaps. With Griffin ruled out for Sunday's matchup, Maxwell will now join Jeremy Lane (knee) in a starting role.
Maxwell was cut loose by the Dolphins on Oct. 24 after an injury plagued start to the season, but will rejoin the "Legion of Boom" in Seattle, or at least, what's left of it. Richard Sherman (Achilles) is lost for the season while Kam Chancellor (neck) and Earl Thomas (hamstring) are also nursing injuries, severely testing the depth of the Seahawks' secondary. The 28-year-old's familiarity in the system should help minimize the transition period, but it can't be ignored that he has rarely looked like the same player since first leaving Seattle after the 2014 season.
A key member of the Seahawks' "Legion of Boom" secondary from 2011 through 2014, Maxwell has failed to meet expectations since signing a six-year, $63 million contract with the Eagles in 2015. After a poor first season in Philadelphia, Maxwell was traded to the Dolphins in 2016 and wasn't able to bounce back, with hamstring and foot injuries this season not helping his cause. Maxwell missed his fourth straight game Sunday against the Jets and likely would have lost out on a starting role upon returning to full health, so the Dolphins decided to cut bait on the veteran cornerback, who will be replaced on the 53-man roster by quarterback David Fales. Once he's able to shake off the injury woes, Maxwell could generate interest elsewhere for teams in need of an experienced depth defensive back.
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