Maxwell cleared of injury concern, deal back on

The deal that will send Philadelphia Eagles CB Byron Maxwell and LB Kiko Alonso to the Miami Dolphins was back on Wednesday, after Maxwell was cleared of concerns over his shoulder by the Dolphins’ medical staff.

Miami will acquire the players from the Eagles plus compensatory draft picks. ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports the Dolphins will drop down to the Eagles’ 13th pick in April’s NFL Draft. The Eagles will move up to the Dolphins’ No. 8 pick.

Maxwell’s agent, Alvin Kells, also tweeted the news, saying: “Maxwell cleared by Dolphins staff and ready to roll!”

The move helps the Eagles clear cap space as the Dolphins assume both players’ guaranteed salaries.

The Dolphins had been considering backing out of the trade agreed to earlier this week because of their concern about a shoulder injury suffered by Maxwell, league sources told ESPN’s Ed Werder and Chris Mortensen.

As of Tuesday night, sources said the Dolphins considered the trade dead because of their medical staff’s concern over Maxwell’s injury, which forced him to finish the 2015 season on injured reserve. If they go through with the trade, the Dolphins would be inheriting a huge contract for Maxwell, who signed a six-year, $ 63 million deal with the Eagles as a free agent last season.

The Eagles had cleared Maxwell on his physical and were more concerned with Alonso passing his physical because of his history of knee injuries. Each team has its own standards for physical exams.

A source said the Eagles and Dolphins had agreed to exchange places in the first round of the upcoming draft as part of the trade. The Eagles would have moved from the 13th pick in the first round to No. 8.

Maxwell was the Eagles’ big free-agent signing last season but struggled in his role as No. 1 cornerback. He was inconsistent in coverage and recorded just two interceptions and 64 tackles. He suffered what the Eagles described as a sprained shoulder in Week 15 against the Arizona Cardinals and did not play again.

Alonso battled through injuries and had a career-low 43 tackles and one interception in 11 games last season. He is a former second-round pick of the Buffalo Bills.

Both players were additions made by former Eagles coach Chip Kelly, who was fired late in the 2015 season.

ESPN staff writer James Walker contributed to this report.

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