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Dolphins CB Byron Maxwell on why he left Seahawks: 'Cash flow, all day'

Miami cornerback Byron Maxwell on facing Seattle, his former team: "Obviously, this is big for me, just because of the relationships I have on the other side of the field." AP Photo/Alan Diaz

DAVIE, Fla. -- New Miami Dolphins cornerback Byron Maxwell isn't one to mince words. When asked Tuesday why he left the Seattle Seahawks two years ago, Maxwell was direct and candid.

"Cash flow, all day," Maxwell said. "They were close. But I can't make that back in my lifetime. So I had to go."

The Philadelphia Eagles broke the bank for Maxwell and gave him a six-year contract worth $63 million, with $25 million guaranteed in 2015. However, Maxwell struggled in his first season with the Eagles and was promptly traded this offseason to the Dolphins, who restructured his contract.

Now, Maxwell will come full circle Sunday when he returns to Seattle to play against his former team. This is Maxwell's first meeting against the Seahawks, where he was a complimentary piece with a talented Legion of Boom. In Miami, Maxwell is the Dolphins' No. 1 cornerback.

"I'm ready to play. I'm ready to go," Maxwell said. "Obviously, this is big for me, just because of the relationships I have on the other side of the field. I want to win even more so than any other game. It's going to be fun though."

Maxwell added he has no hard feelings about leaving Seattle. He praised Seahawks players, coach Pete Carroll and the organization’s consistency on Tuesday.

Maxwell also knows Seahawks Pro Bowl quarterback Russell Wilson better than anyone in Miami's locker room. Wilson led the NFL in passer rating last season, and has led Seattle to two Super Bowl appearances in the past three seasons. Maxwell practiced against Wilson for three seasons before leaving Seattle.

"Practice is totally different than the game," Maxwell said. "Russ, I don't want to say he's a gamer, but the things he can do don't necessarily show up in practice. He can escape, and that's a big part of his game. He's special as far as that."

The Dolphins are among the biggest underdogs in Week 1. If they aim to pull the upset, Maxwell must be at his best Sunday during his return trip to Seattle.