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Dolphins' free-agent scouting report: CB Byron Maxwell

The Miami Dolphins made several acquisitions this offseason via trade and free agency. One of those key moves was trading for former Philadelphia Eagles cornerback Byron Maxwell.

Miami was looking for a big cornerback to fit new defensive coordinator Vance Joseph's scheme. Maxwell just signed a big contract with the Eagles last season but struggled in the No. 1 cornerback role.

Will Maxwell return to form in Miami? Here is a scouting report via ESPN NFL Nation Eagles reporter Phil Sheridan:

The Eagles' secondary had been a major problem during coach Chip Kelly's first two years. They parted ways with starters Cary Williams and Bradley Fletcher. Maxwell hit the market and they signed the former Seahawks "Legion of Boom" member for $63 million over six years. In the season opener, Maxwell got torched by Atlanta's Julio Jones. Jones caught nine passes for 141 yards and two touchdowns. Things didn't get that much better. Maxwell was a good player on a team filled with great players. The new contract didn't automatically make him a great player, too. The low point probably came in the game against Arizona. Maxwell tried to wrap up Cardinals tight end Darren Fells and he got dragged 20 yards. Hey, at least he didn't give up, as he appeared to do when Carolina fullback Mike Tolbert was barreling toward the end zone. Maxwell missed the last two games of the season with a sprained SC joint. That was the injury that raised some concerns about the trade going through. There is every chance Maxwell can be an effective player somewhere else. A change of scenery was in order. Other defensive backs -- including Patrick Chung of New England -- have been fine once they escaped Philadelphia."

The Dolphins currently are thin at cornerback and need Maxwell to step up, and his former coaches are optimistic. Also, be sure to check out Sheridan's scouting report on former Eagles middle linebacker Kiko Alonso.