During the 2015 offseason, Byron Maxwell left the Seattle Seahawks for the Philadelphia Eagles. Maxwell had been drafted by the Seahawks in the sixth round of the 2011 draft and spent his four seasons working his way from little-used backup to entrenched starter.
In 2013, he became the fourth member of the Legion of Boom, replacing Brandon Browner, and helped the Seahawks win the Super Bowl. In 2014, he started in 12 of his 13 games and helped the Seahawks get back to the big game, which they ultimately lost to the Patriots.
That offseason, the Eagles offered him a huge contract, and he took it. Why?
“Cash flow, all day,” Maxwell said, per ESPN.com. “They were close. But I can’t make that back in my lifetime. So I had to go.”
Not many players are willing to be quite that honest about the reason they left one team for another. In a sport like football, though, where contracts aren’t guaranteed to pay out nearly as much money as is reported, it shouldn’t be that big a surprise when players take the biggest payday available.
At least Maxwell, now with the Dolphins after getting traded earlier this offseason, is being up front about it.
Source: CBS Sports / Byron Maxwell is brutally honest about why he left Seattle: ‘Cash flow, all day’