Eagles, Dolphins to swap first-round picks in Byron Maxwell trade

The Philadelphia Eagles and Miami Dolphins will swap first-round picks in the upcoming NFL Draft as part of the trade that will send cornerback Byron Maxwell and linebacker Kiko Alonso to Miami, according to NFL.com.

As a result, the Eagles now have the No. 8 overall pick as Miami moves down to No. 13. On paper, it certainly looks as though the Eagles are looking at the draft as the best way to rebuild rather than free agency.

Moreover, the Eagles have further cleansed themselves of the failed Chip Kelly era by ridding themselves of two players he highly coveted. Maxwell was signed to a six-year, $63 million deal by Philadelphia a year ago and had 64 tackles with 10 bass breakups, two interceptions and two forced fumbles.

Alonso came to Philadelphia from the Buffalo Bills as part of the blockbuster LeSean McCoy trade. He struggled and appeared in just 11 games while posting just 43 tackles as he battled a nagging knee injury.

Long story short, both the Philadelphia Eagles and Miami Dolphins will be teams to watch in 2016, all because Byron Maxwell has been dealt.

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