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Byron Maxwell: ‘Cash flow, all day’ reason for leaving Seahawks

Michael Dixon
Byron Maxwell

When Byron Maxwell left the Seattle Seahawks for the Philadelphia Eagles following the 2014 season, he wasn’t interested in getting a chance to shine more away from the Legion of Boom. His decision to move also had nothing to do with wanting to change locations.

Nope. Maxwell, now with the Miami Dolphins, was interested in one thing. Money.

“Cash flow, all day,” Maxwell said, per James Walker, ESPN. “They were close. But I can’t make that back in my lifetime. So I had to go.”

It would be interesting to know how “close” the Seahawks were. The Eagles gave Maxwell a huge deal, signing the cornerback to a six-year, $63 million deal with $25 million guaranteed. It’s almost hard to imagine Seattle being anywhere close to that.

In the end, it’s impossible to argue with Maxwell’s decision. Athletes make a lot of money, but their earning window is small. Maxwell is indeed right saying he never would have made that money back.

Maxwell struggled in his one year in Philadelphia and was traded to Miami.

Week 1 will mark Maxwell’s first return to Seattle since leaving, when the Dolphins take on the Seahawks on Sunday, Sept. 11 at CenturyLink Field.