Byron Maxwell, a top free agent acquisition for the Philadelphia Eagles this offseason, is declaring that his new NFL team will make it to next year's Super Bowl. Maxwell, who plays cornerback, signed a six-year $63 million contract with the Eagles in March after spending the first four years of his career with the Seattle Seahawks.
“We’re going to go that far,” Maxwell told MMQB.com when asked about the Eagles' chances in the upcoming season. “You can take that as a guarantee. That’s just me believing in my team and the product we’re going to put out there on the field. I really do believe that. I have no choice but to think that way.”
Maxwell, a sixth-round pick by Seattle in the 2011 NFL Draft, was part of that team's “Legion of Boom” defensive backfield, known for leading the NFL in various key categories in recent years.
Maxwell was asked if he faced any pressure after signing a big contract with the Eagles. “I was taken in the sixth round. I feel like I was way better than that. They benched me at Clemson. So I’ve got a lot to prove even though I got this contract. I’ve always got a deep-rooted chip on my shoulder that goes way back,” the 27-year-old cornerback said. “You benched me in college, and I’ve got to show you. It still sticks with me. That’s one of those things. It’s gotten me this far, so I still use it. I turn the bad into a positive.”
Over his last two years in Seattle, Maxwell was credited 67 tackles, six interceptions and a forced fumble in 39 games regular season games. He also had 23 tackles, an interception and a forced fumble in the past two post-seasons.