The Legion of Boom is getting back a familiar face.
The Seahawks have signed free agent Byron Maxwell to a one-year-contract, according to multiple reports. Seattle was in need of a cornerback after losing Richard Sherman to a ruptured Achilles during their victory over the Arizona Cardinals.
Maxwell worked out for the team on Monday before signing the contract. The 29-year-old was drafted by the Seahawks in 2011, and made 17 starts for the team in 2013 and 2014. He then signed a six-year, $63 million deal with the Philadelphia Eagles.
Maxwell spent only one season with the Eagles before being traded to the Miami Dolphins. After a strong 2016 campaign in Miami, Maxwell was released by the Dolphins in October after battling injuries and poor on-field play in 2017.
The Seahawks are expected to start Jeremy Lane and Shaquill Griffin on Monday against the Atlanta Falcons, with Justin Coleman as the nickelback. It is unclear what role Maxwell will play with the Seahawks, as the team may want to give him practice reps to get used to the system again.
Maxwell will give the Seahawks another option if Lane struggles as the starter. Lane was the starting right cornerback entering the season, but after missing games due to injury, he was not able to regain his starting job from Griffin, who played very well in Lane’s absence.
Maxwell excelled in Seattle’s defensive system, which helped him get the lucrative contract from the Eagles in the 2015 offseason. The hope is that a return to Seattle will revitalize Maxwell’s career and help soften the blow of losing Sherman for the season.
The Seahawks are also expecting the return of Deshawn Shead, who was last year’s starter opposite of Sherman before tearing his ACL in the playoffs. He has yet to practice, but the Seahawks do expect him to return at some point this season, extending their depth at the position.