Seahawks re-sign Byron Maxwell to a one year deal

SEATTLE, WA - NOVEMBER 20: Cornerback Byron Maxwell (Photo by Steve Dykes/Getty Images)
SEATTLE, WA - NOVEMBER 20: Cornerback Byron Maxwell (Photo by Steve Dykes/Getty Images) /

The Seahawks re-signed Byron Maxwell on Friday. Maxwell was pretty good for Seattle after returning mid-year in 2017. Will Seattle still try to go after a cornerback in the NFL Draft though?

The Seattle Seahawks needed cornerback help. After cutting Richard Sherman and Jeremy Lane and losing DeShawn Shead to free agency, Seattle entered 2018 with little depth. That issue got some help on Friday, though, when Seattle re-signed Byron Maxwell.

Maxwell was pretty good when he returned to the Seahawks after Sherman’s injury in 2017. In fact, Seattle was nearly as good at pass defense with Maxwell as they were with Sherman. It also helped that Justin Coleman was very good all year. And that Shaquill Griffin was more than solid as a rookie.

Maxwell was re-signed to a one-year deal that could be worth $3 million if Maxwell meets incentives. He is worth this much, especially if he performs at the level he did last year. And Seattle’s corner issue seems to be in decent shape now. Since Seattle signed Dontae Johnson, the Seahawks will have a cornerback room that now has Coleman, Maxwell, Johnson and Griffin. Not exactly Sherman and company, but not too far off.

Seattle also drafted Mike Tyson last year and he should be expected to mature into a productive player as well.

The final question is whether the Seahawks will still draft a corner this year. The next chance Seattle has to do so is in the third round. Seattle still has a greater need at edge rusher. Now with Maxwell’s signing, drafting a corner high seems even less important.

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But Seattle, of course, likes to surprise us.