Byron Maxwell Keeps Getting Torched, Will the Eagles Bench the $63 Million Man?

By Jason McIntyre

This was expensive Eagles cornerback Byron Maxwell after getting torched by Julio Jones in Philly’s season opener. In the offseason, the desperate Eagles lavished the former Seattle cornerback with a 6-year, $63 million contract. He will receive $22 million in guaranteed money. Essentially, Maxwell won the lottery for playing in the same general vicinity as Richard Sherman and Kam Chancellor.

In week two Sunday, Maxwell caught a break – he wouldn’t have to defend Dallas star Dez Bryant, who is out until December.

Sadly, it didn’t matter. Maxwell was lit up again, culminating with Terrance Williams catching a 42-yard touchdown pass to put the game out of reach late.

Through two weeks, this is how badly Maxwell has been roasted: teams are 15-of-19 throwing at him for 240 yards and two touchdowns and a perfect (!) passer rating of 158.3.

He’s going to face Brandon Marshall or Eric Decker of the Jets next, unless the Eagles bench their $63 million man, or hide him elsewhere.

Wonder if Chip Kelly wishes he still had Brandon Boykin?

The Eagles are 0-2, but I’m sticking with my playoff prediction. The NFC East is a disaster with the Cowboys limping into Week 3. The Giants are 0-2. The Redskins can’t possibly be the favorites at this juncture.

The Colts were 0-2 last year and made the playoffs. Philadelphia can do that, but it obviously has to beat the Jets.