Maxwell is not going to be an easy decision to make for the Dolphins. While he got better as the season continued following his benching, the reality is that Maxwell really hasn’t shown the consistency that marks him as a legit outside corner that without question does not need to be replaced.
Maxwell has been good at times but at other times he has been a mess in the secondary. The Dolphins will be on the hook for $3 million of his $8.5 million 2017 salary if they release him but they will save $5.5. million. The question Miami has to ask is can they find better or at least a comparable skill set for cheaper?
In 2018 Maxwell’s contract escalates to $10 million but the Dolphins will gain all of that back with no dead money if they cut him. There were times when Maxwell made the Dolphins far better when he was on the field and the team could have used him in their playoff loss to the Steelers.
Still the question Miami will have to ask is whether or not Maxwell is consistent enough to warrant $8.5 million for at least one season. And he may be.