The former Seahawks star was paid handsomely this offseason to serve as Philly's big -- he's 6-foot-1 and 207 pounds -- lead cover man.
We ticketed Maxwell as one free agent bound to make too much money this offseason, and he certainly broke the bank with a six-year, $63 million deal. He earned the contract after just 17 starts in Seattle, but Maxwell showed the ability to handle heavy coverage duties as opponents constantly threw away from All-Pro Richard Sherman.
Maxwell remains confident he can live up to the massive contract, telling the Philadelphia Inquirer he "can definitely be in that mix" as a top-five cornerback this season.
Kelly also believes Maxwell has the talent to battle No. 1 wideouts, telling the newspaper: "When you see him in person, not evaluating him on film, but it's just how big and tall and long he is, and what a disruptive force he was, especially when he was playing those guys in press man."
"I'm automatically thrust into a leadership role just because of the position I'm in," Maxwell said. "It's a responsibility I have. I'm aware. I've just got to make sure I'm giving them Byron Maxwell and I'm not trying to be somebody else."