Avonte Maddox

NFC Contract Details: Packers, Moore, Maddox, Burns

Here are some details on recent new contracts around the NFC:

  • Eric Wilson, LB (Packers): One year, $1.38MM. According to ESPN’s Rob Demovsky, Wilson’s new contract with Green Bay includes a base salary of $1.21MM and a signing bonus of $167.5K.
  • Kristian Welch, LB (Packers): One year, $1.21MM. Demovsky also tells us that Welch’s re-signed deal will have a base salary of $1.13MM and a signing bonus worth $20K. Welch can earn an additional $20K with a workout bonus as well as a per game active roster bonus of $2,647 for a potential season total of $45K.
  • Chris Moore, WR (Cardinals): One year, $2MM. Moore’s contract with the Cardinals will have a guaranteed amount of $750K comprised of $250K of his 2024 base salary (worth a total of $1.28MM) and a $500K signing bonus, according to Howard Balzer of USA Today Sports. Moore will add another $50K with a workout bonus and an additional $10K per game that he’s on the active roster for a potential season total of $170K in per game active roster bonuses.
  • Avonte Maddox, CB (Eagles): One year, $1.5MM. Maddox’s new deal will have a guaranteed value of $875K consisting of $500K of his base salary (worth $1.13MM in total) and a $375K signing bonus.
  • Brian Burns, OLB (Giants): Five years, $141MM. We noted recently that Burns’ deal was not worth the reported $150MM amount and was actually for $141MM. Thanks to Dan Duggan of The Athletic, we now know that the $9MM difference comes from incentives wherein he can earn an additional $1.8MM for each year that he either reaches 12.5 sacks, makes a Pro Bowl, or earns first-team All-Pro honors. He’s reached that sack total once in 2022 and made two Pro Bowls in 2021 and 2022, but because he didn’t reach any of those achievements last year, the potential $1.8MM won’t count against New York’s cap space in 2024.

Eagles To Bring Back CB Avonte Maddox

Roughly one month ago, the Eagles released Avonte Maddox in a cost-shedding move. That decision came with the prospect of a reunion later in the offseason, something which has now come to pass. The veteran corner has agreed to a new, one-year Philadelphia deal, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports.

Maddox – whom Nick Underhill of NewOrleans.football notes visited the Saints as a free agent – was on the books for the 2024 season before he was cut, but he was due to carry a cap charge of $9.68MM. That figure helped inform the Eagles’ decision to at least temporarily move on, but reports indicated the parties could work out a new arrangement at a lower cost. Given today’s news, that has no doubt taken place.

The 28-year-old has 64 games and 38 starts to his name, all with the Eagles. Maddox has proven himself to be a capable contributor in the slot when on the field, but injuries have been an issue during each of the past two seasons. In 2023, a torn pectoral muscle forced him onto injured reserve and limited him to just four regular season contests. Maddox will now be able to compete for a starting role during training camp, but at a minimum he could serve as an experienced backup.

The Eagles entered Thursday in better cap shape than most other teams around the NFL. With over $31MM in available funds, the team could easily have afforded bringing Maddox back in addition to a lucrative move on the free agent market. Of course, the team has already been active in the secondary by bringing back C.J. Gardner-Johnson on a three-year deal. The latter could step in as a safety or slot corner after the team recently extended Reed Blankenship.

Improvements in the secondary were seen as a priority for the Eagles after the team’s defense played a key role in their late-season collapse. It came as little surprise when trade acquisition Kevin Byard was released, but veteran corners Darius Slay and James Bradberry are still in place as cornerback starters. The upcoming draft will provide Philadelphia with the opportunity to add young options at that spot, but Maddox will be in the fold for at least one more season.

Eagles To Release CB Avonte Maddox

The Eagles’ secondary is set to lose a longtime contributor. Cornerback Avonte Maddox is being released, per ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

Schefter notes that a reunion at a lower cost could be in play, as the sides will continue to discuss a new arrangement. For the time being, though, Maddox is free to pursue an outside deal after spending the past six seasons in Philadelphia.

One year remained on the 27-year-old’s deal. He was due to carry a cap hit of $9.68MM, but moving on right away will not produce much in the way of added flexibility. Cutting Maddox before June 1 will create just under $2MM in cap space; designating him a post-June 1 release would have, on the other hand, seen that figure rise to $7.12MM with a far smaller dead money charge. No cap savings become available until June 2 when teams take the latter route, though.

A torn pectoral muscle required surgery and forced Maddox to miss considerable time in 2023. He was limited to just four games in the regular season, though he had recovered in time for the Eagles’ wild-card loss. The former fourth-rounder started at least two games in each of his Philadelphia campaigns, totaling 38 across his 64 appearances. In that span, he racked up four interceptions, 31 pass breakups and eight forced fumbles.

That production could make the slot man an attractive free agent if he lands with a new team. Struggles in coverage could – along with injury issues, of course – limit his market to a prove-it deal with Philadelphia or another suitor, however. The Eagles already have veterans Darius Slay and James Bradberry under contract for two more seasons, although each have had their futures questioned given their age and the possibility Philadelphia could pursue a youth movement at the CB spot.

Both Slay and Bradberry are on track to remain with the Eagles, so the slot will be a position worth watching if no new Maddox deal can be worked out. The team entered today with roughly $42MM in cap space, giving them much more spending power than a number of others around the league. If Maddox does indeed depart, some of those resources will likely be needed to find an impact replacement.

Eagles Activate Avonte Maddox From IR

DECEMBER 30: Maddox is now set to return to action, having been activated from IR on Saturday. Especially with fellow CB starter Darius Slay potentially out until the playoffs, Maddox being in the lineup will be a welcomed sight for Philadelphia’s defense. In a corresponding move, backup tight end Albert Okwuegbunam was placed on injured reserve; he will be forced to miss at least four weeks as a result.

DECEMBER 21: This season continues to see players make their way back to practice despite suffering pectoral tears. Following C.J. Gardner-Johnson and DaQuan Jones on this front, Avonte Maddox is back at Eagles practice.

The veteran slot cornerback sustained his pectoral injury in Week 2, days before Gardner-Johnson’s, and was not certain to return this season. But the Eagles opening his 21-day practice window Thursday points to Maddox having a clear path back to the 53-man roster. Considering the issues the Eagles have had in coverage this season, that will be an important development.

Pectoral tears regularly end players’ seasons, and Maddox underwent surgery to repair the issue after seeking a second opinion. This season looks set to see some late returns from defensive contributors following operations. All three received return designations this week. The two DBs going down in Week 2 helped their chances of coming back, but this will still make for impressive rallies. Maddox and Gardner-Johnson are on track to return in time for the NFC playoffs.

Maddox, 27, has been the Eagles’ primary slot corner for several years. Despite the team trading for Darius Slay and extending him in 2020, the Eagles paid Maddox not long after. Maddox agreed to a three-year, $22.5MM extension in 2021. The Eagles have Slay, Maddox and James Bradberry tied to veteran deals, but the returns have not been as good as they were in 2022. After leading the NFL in pass defense last season, Philadelphia enters Week 16 ranked 28th. The team has already demoted first-year DC Sean Desai, increasing Matt Patricia‘s responsibilities as it attempts to stem the tide.

One of the players tried in the slot following Maddox’s injury, Mario Goodrich, has been bumped down to the practice squad. The Eagles added Bradley Roby to help, while using rookie Sydney Brown here at points as well. Signed in-season, Roby has played 283 defensive snaps — third-most among Eagles corners. Maddox’s injury prompted Philly to add the 10th-year veteran. Pro Football Focus does not slot any of the Eagles’ three cornerback regulars in the top 40 at the position this season.

While Maddox has manned the slot in Philly for the bulk of the time since being drafted in the 2018 fourth round, injuries have kept him off the field for much of the past two years. Maddox missed nine games because of hamstring, ankle and toe injuries last season. The ankle setback prompted Philly to place Maddox on IR, though he was back in time for the NFC championship game.

PFF rated Maddox as a top-25 corner last season and in 2021, however. His return would provide some help to a struggling unit, which did not have Slay available Monday night due to arthroscopic knee surgery. Slay remains on Philly’s active roster; the team has three weeks to activate Maddox. The 10-4 team, which also has Nakobe Dean on IR, carries five remaining injury activations.

Minor NFL Transactions: 9/20/23

Here are Wednesday’s minor moves:

Chicago Bears

Detroit Lions

New Orleans Saints

Philadelphia Eagles

Pittsburgh Steelers

San Francisco

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

The Steelers placing Anthony McFarland on IR left them with two active-roster running backs. Igwebuike will step in as Pittsburgh’s third-stringer behind Najee Harris and Jaylen Warren. Because the Steelers signed Igwebuike off another team’s practice squad, they must keep him on their active roster for at least three weeks.

Coming back to the Saints after spending the offseason and training camp with the Broncos, Jones scored two touchdowns in New Orleans’ Monday-night win over Carolina. But the Saints had used a gameday elevation transaction to bump the veteran backup to the active roster. Wednesday’s move makes Jones an official part of the Saints’ 53-man unit.

Knight caught on with the Lions’ practice squad shortly after the Jets waived him. With David Montgomery likely to miss time, Knight will join Jahmyr Gibbs and Craig Reynolds as the backs on Detroit’s 53-man roster. A 2022 UDFA, Knight saw time following Breece Hall‘s ACL tear last season but could not stick on the Jets’ roster after the AFC East team’s Dalvin Cook addition.

Eagles’ Avonte Maddox To Undergo Surgery On Torn Pectoral Muscle

SEPTEMBER 18: After undergoing an MRI and receiving a second opinion, Maddox will indeed have surgery, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports. As a result of the procedure, the Eagles will be without a starter in their secondary for an indefinite stretch, or potentially the remainder of the season. Maddox is on the books through 2024, but none of his scheduled base salary for that year ($6.85MM) is guaranteed.

SEPTEMBER 15: Letting their starting safeties and linebackers walk in free agency, the Eagles paid up to keep their cornerback contingent intact. The new deals for Darius Slay and James Bradberry kept them in the fold with slot corner Avonte Maddox, who signed an extension back in 2021.

Slay and Bradberry are unlikely to have Maddox alongside them for a while. Another injury has cropped up for the experienced inside defender, with NBC Sports Philadelphia’s John Clark reporting the team fears Maddox suffered a torn pectoral muscle. Maddox is seeking a second opinion, per ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

The final diagnosis confirming this fear would almost definitely sideline Maddox for the rest of the season. This continues a trend for Maddox, the longest-tenured member of the Eagles’ secondary. The 2018 fourth-rounder missed time because of hamstring, ankle and toe injuries last season. The ankle setback prompted Philly to place Maddox on IR; the toe injury sidelined him for three late-season games. Maddox ended up missing nine of the Eagles’ 20 games last year.

Maddox, 27, left Thursday night’s game in the second quarter. Second-year UDFA Mario Goodrich replaced him in the slot. The injury-relief cameo doubled as Goodrich’s first NFL action. The Clemson product spent last season on the Eagles’ practice squad, and the team retained him via reserve/futures deal in February. The Eagles kept Goodrich on their 53-man roster this year; he may be needed to play extensively going forward.

Joining the Eagles just after their Super Bowl LII-winning season, Maddox has been a regular on their defense since his rookie slate. Despite the team trading for Slay and extending him in 2020, the Eagles paid Maddox not long after. Maddox’s three-year, $22.5MM extension runs through 2024. He is due a $6.85MM base salary next season.

The Eagles already went into last night’s game without defensive starters Reed Blankenship and Nakobe Dean. Additionally, Philly released one of its recent linebacker pickups — Rashaan Evans — from its practice squad Friday. The team also reached an injury settlement with running back Trey Sermon, who landed on season-ending IR — after being waived with an injury designation — last month. This will sever ties between the former third-round draftee and the Eagles, who had claimed Sermon off waivers from the 49ers in August 2022.

Evans requested to be released off the Eagles’ P-squad, Schefter tweets. He has received interest from other teams. While clubs can poach players off P-squads, the player’s options are limited. Evans, who spent several months in free agency this offseason, will try his luck back on the market.

Eagles CB Avonte Maddox To Return For NFC Championship Game

Avonte Maddox has battled multiple injuries this season. While the most recent malady did not send the veteran cornerback to IR, he has missed the past three Eagles games. He will not miss Sunday’s matchup, however.

The Eagles will go into the NFC championship game without Maddox on the injury report. The veteran slot cornerback suffered a toe injury in Week 16 but will return to action to help the No. 1-seeded team attempt to book its second Super Bowl berth in six seasons.

Philadelphia’s secondary has steadily reformed down the stretch. The team had been without both Maddox and C.J. Gardner-Johnson for extended periods this season. Both experienced slot players, the latter of whom being moved to safety following the trade from New Orleans this past summer, landed on IR this year and missed a combined 14 games. But Philly will have its full secondary available against San Francisco.

Signed to a three-year, $22.5MM extension in 2021, Maddox is the longest-tenured member of the Eagles’ secondary. He has been with the team since 2018. This season, however, brought ankle and toe problems for the former fourth-round pick. But he will take his place alongside Darius Slay and James Bradberry this week. Pro Football Focus ranked Maddox 30th among corners this season, though he only played nine games end left two of those early.

The Eagles used seven of their eight injury activations this season, bringing back the likes of Maddox, Gardner-Johnson, Dallas Goedert, Jordan Davis and Robert Quinn from IR. Lane Johnson and Jalen Hurts never landed on the injured list, despite missing multiple games. The 14-3 team will have every starter available against the 49ers.

Eagles Activate CB Avonte Maddox From IR

Out since Week 9, Avonte Maddox is on his way back for the Eagles. The NFC-leading team designated the fifth-year cornerback for return from IR on Wednesday.

Maddox sustained an ankle injury against the Texans last month but now has a three-week span to return to the Eagles’ 53-man roster. After activating defensive end Janarius Robinson on Tuesday, the Eagles have four injury activations remaining. Robert Quinn stands to account for one of those; Maddox is on track to claim another spot.

Tied to a three-year, $22.5MM contract agreed to in November 2021, Maddox is now the Eagles’ longest-tenured defensive back. Drafted in the fourth round by a Super Bowl-winning team with an experienced secondary, Maddox carved out a role for himself over the course of his rookie contract and now joins Darius Slay and James Bradberry as corners tied to veteran deals. Those pacts pair with C.J. Gardner-Johnson and Marcus Epps‘ rookie accords.

Maddox, 26, returning this week would mean he would rejoin the league’s No. 1-ranked pass defense. While the Eagles have gotten by against the pass without the 26-year-old slot patroller, his return will benefit the 12-1 team. Pro Football Focus graded Maddox’s early-season work well, placing him just inside the top 40 at corner. In six games this season, Maddox was seeing action at a career-high rate. He logged 81% of the snaps during the six games he played this season. Maddox has been a constant for the Eagles since debuting, having played between 65% and 75% of Philly’s defensive snaps from 2018-21.

Eagles CB Avonte Maddox Facing Extended Absence

Already spending a chunk of this season on IR, Avonte Maddox may be headed back. The Eagles lost the veteran cornerback to a toe injury Saturday, and NFL.com’s Ian Rapoport and Mike Garafolo report the injury is believed to be significant (Twitter link).

The Eagles used one of their IR activations on Maddox earlier this month, and the fifth-year corner played in three games upon returning. Maddox underwent an MRI on Monday and is out indefinitely, per NFL.com. He could go back on IR and return, but the 13-2 team has other players ahead in its IR queue.

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One of those is C.J. Gardner-Johnson, who could be an option to replace Maddox in the slot. Gardner-Johnson, acquired via trade from New Orleans this summer, is eligible to return from IR this week. Nick Sirianni stopped short of ensuring that would happen, however. Gardner-Johnson, who has shifted to safety in his first Philly season, is out because of a lacerated kidney. The former Saints slot defender has missed the past four Eagles games.

Maddox and Gardner-Johnson are part of the Eagles’ first-string secondary, joining Darius Slay, James Bradberry and Marcus Epps. Maddox finished with two tackles for loss against the Cowboys. He suffered an ankle injury against the Texans last month and returned from IR when first eligible. It remains to be seen if the Eagles will move him back to IR and/or if this toe problem would allow for a late-season return.

The Eagles can activate three more players from IR this season. In addition to Gardner-Johnson, Robert Quinn is on Philly’s injured list. He is eligible to return in Week 18. Hurts missed Week 16 but is not on IR.

Eagles Activate CB Avonte Maddox From IR

The Eagles’ secondary will be back to full strength tomorrow in time for a divisional clash with the Giants. Philadelphia announced on Saturday that slot corner Avonte Maddox has been activated from IR.

The 26-year-old was expected to be back soon, given the team’s decision to designate him for return earlier this week. He exited the Eagles’ Week 9 victory with an ankle injury, and has been out since then. That marked a significant blow to Philadelphia’s personnel, if not their performance, on the backend of their defense. 2020 fourth-rounder Josiah Scott had been filling in as a starter in the nickel.

Maddox made 27 tackles in his first six contests in 2022, adding one interception and three pass deflections. That represented an encouraging start to his first season after inking a three-year deal to remain in Philadelphia, but the injury interrupted his campaign. Despite the injury, the NFC-leading Eagles have been able to maintain one of the league’s elite defenses. Philadelphia leads the NFL with 15 interceptions, and ranks second with an average of 179 yards allowed per game though the air.

Maddox will once again line up with Darius Slay and James Bradberry operating on the perimeter. That, coupled with safeties C.J. Gardner-Johnson and Marcus Epps, will give the Eagles one of the most formidable secondaries in the NFL during the closing weeks of the regular season and into the playoffs. That could become especially important given the loss of edge rusher Robert Quinn for an extended stretch after the trade acquisition was placed on IR.

This move will leave the Eagles with three activations on the campaign, one of which will likely be reserved for Quinn. A healthy defense will no doubt go a long way to determining whether or not Philadelphia will be able to translate one of the league’s most talented roster into another Super Bowl title.