The Miami Dolphins are adding Philadelphia Eagles cornerback Byron Maxwell and linebacker Kiko Alonso in trade, according to multiple league sources. The trade is agreed to but will not be announced until Wednesday after 4 p.m. because of the NFL rules governing trades in the new league year.
The Dolphins are still in talks with Maxwell to adjust his contract so whatever comes of that and a physical are the final hurdles toward making the deal work. The Eagles and Dolphins already agreed to draft compensation although that is not yet known. ESPN reported the Dolphins will be sending a draft pick for the two players.
Alonso is in the final year of his rookie contract so no extension or restructure is necessary to get the deal done. Indeed no extension nor restructure has been discussed.
Miami's assault on an offseason championship is well underway!
This could be Miami's third or fourth offseason title in the past seven years.
(OK, enough sarcasm.)
The Maxwell addition almost definitely signals the end of Brent Grimes as a Miami Dolphin. He has been Miami's best corner the past three years but following a year in which he declined and off-the-field issues related to his wife Miko increased, the Dolphins have all but decided to go in a different direction. Grimes will be out once Maxwell is in.
Both Maxwell and Alonso, added by former coach Chip Kelly in the 2015 offseason, were available this offseason following seasons in which they disappointed in Philadelphia.
Alonso, active and explosive in Buffalo his rookie year, suffered a season-ending knee injury his second season with the team. Last year he was traded for running back LeSean McCoy. He was injured again during training camp and struggled during the season to regain the form he showed as a rookie. He fills an immediate need Miami has at linebacker but is obviously not a salary cap burden at $991,418.
He will be in Miami on a prove-it basis. If he plays well in 2016, the Dolphins may want to extend or re-sign him. If he doesn't play well, he will go to free agency.
Maxwell had a good but not great season in Philadelphia. He has two interceptions and only yielded two touchdown passes. But because he signed a six-year, $63 million deal in free agency, he was expected to be a premier lockdown cornerback. He was not that.
He had one particularly bad game against the Atlanta Falcons and Julio Jones.