With Richard Sherman now out for the rest of the season after suffering a ruptured Achilles during Thursday night’s win over the Arizona Cardinals, the Seattle Seahawks are in desperate need of help at the cornerback position and will workout two players they are familiar with — Byron Maxwell and Trovon Reed.
According to the Seattle Times, Maxwell and Reed are scheduled to workout this week for the Seahawks and could end up on the team’s 53-man roster to take the spot of Sherman.
Maxwell, 29, knows Seattle’s defense well, having made 17 starts for the Seahawks from 2013 to 2014 before signing with the Philadelphia Eagles as a free agent. He was traded after one season to the Miami Dolphins, who released him last month.
Reed never played in a game with the Seahawks but was on the practice squad for part of the 2015 season and then with the team throughout the off-season and training camp in 2016 before being waived as injured and then waived off Injured Reserve prior to the start of the 2016 season.
Maxwell has not played since being benched prior to the third game of the season — he also had been dealing with a hamstring injury. The Dolphins then released him on Oct. 24. Maxwell received the rest of his $8.5 million in base salary from the Dolphins for the 2017 season so he would almost certainly sign with Seattle for a pro-rated share of the veteran minimum.
Maxwell also visited Atlanta earlier this week but did not sign a contract.
Reed played six games with one start for the Chargers last year after he was waived by Seattle. He was waived by the Chargers prior to the start of the season and has not signed with any other team.
With Sherman done for the remainder of the season, that leaves the Seahawks with four cornerbacks on their roster: Jeremy Lane, rookie Shaquill Griffin, nickelback Justin Coleman and veteran Neiko Thorpe, who is primarily a special-teams player.
Another cornerback, DeShawn Shead, is on the physically unable to perform list while recovering from surgery to repair a torn ACL suffered in January. Shead, who had been a starter for a season and a half before his injury, has yet to begin practicing, so he is likely at least two weeks away from being able to play.
Seattle also has Akeem King and Mike Tyson listed as cornerbacks on their practice squad but appear to be looking to sign a player who has more experience.