Armando Salguero first reported that the Dolphins plan to give CB Byron Maxwell less playing time in tonight’s game against the Bengals.
- Salguero added that it’s possible Miami wouldn’t start Maxwell based on their formations, but there are expected to be multiple lineup tweaks and surprises tonight to address injuries and performance.
- According to Mike Garafolo, the Dolphins are demoting Maxwell tonight in favor of Tony Lippett.
Maxwell, 28, is a former sixth-round pick of the Seahawks back in 2011. He signed a six-year, $63 million contract that included $25 million guaranteed with the Eagles as a free agent last year before he was later traded to the Dolphins along with LB Kiko Alonso.
Maxwell stands to make base salaries of $8.5 million (2016), $10 million (2017) $9.75 million (2018), $9.5 million (2019), and $10.5 million (2020) over the remainder of the contract.
In 2016, Maxwell has appeared in three games and recorded 16 tackles, a forced fumble, no interceptions, and four pass defenses for the Dolphins. Pro Football Focus has him rated as the No. 69 cornerback out of 104 qualifying players.