Thursday Round-Up: Byron Maxwell among NFL's top free agents for 2015

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Here's a look at what's "out there" for today - Thursday, Feb. 12 - about your Seattle Seahawks:

Maxwell Among NFL's Top Free Agents

Kevin Seifert and Matt Williamson at ESPN.com compiled the Top 20 players set to become NFL free agents next month, and Seahawks cornerback Byron Maxwell comes in at No. 15 on their list.

Here's ESPN's notes on Maxwell:

One-liner: Drafted one round after Richard Sherman in 2011, Maxwell started 17 games in the past two seasons but might be squeezed given the Seahawks' financial commitments to Richard Sherman, Earl Thomas and Kam Chancellor.

Williamson's report: "He's kind of like the receivers in this class who are a high-end No. 2s, in this case a corner. The Seahawks play a ton of Cover 3, and people don't throw to Sherman, so Maxwell sees a lot of attention. He handles it well, but I don't know that you want him to come down and press a No. 1 receiver all game or think he'll find a way to create some kind of Revis Island. He's not that guy, and few are. He moved into the slot in Super Bowl, and that was a spot New England attacked. He'll make too much money in free agency, but he won't disappoint anyone. He'll be an above-average starting corner in any situation."

Stat to note: Of the 34 players who have intercepted at least six passes in the past two seasons, only four did it in fewer than Maxwell's 1,114 snaps.

Appearing on Sports Radio 950 KJR AM's 'Mitch in the Morning' show on Wednesday, general manager John Schneider said the Seahawks would like to have Maxwell back next season.

"We love him," said Schneider. "We drafted him. We helped develop him. He has worked his tail off to get to where he is. He really stepped up these last two years, especially with Brandon [Browner] going out and Walter Thurmond going out with injuries and their suspensions. He stepped in and was an extremely reliable guy for us.

"So where his market goes, I think it should be extremely high. Whether or not we'll be able to keep him, I'm not sure, but we're going to do whatever we can to try to do that. We're going to recruit him and talk to him and try to put together a nice offer for him, but I just can't tell you that it's going to be good enough."

More From Around The Web

Here at Seahawks.com, Clare Farnsworth lays out 49 reasons to celebrate the Seahawks' 2014 season that culminated with a trip to Super Bowl XLIX.

recap an update Schneider shared on wide receiver Paul Richardson, who is recovering from the ACL injury he suffered in January's divisional-round playoff win over the Carolina Panthers.

Terry Blount at ESPN.com says Schneider is a fan of the 2015 draft class.

Brady Henderson at 710Sports.com says Schneider expects the Seahawks to have 10 picks in this year's draft. The club currently has seven, but that number should increase when the NFL doles out compensatory picks, which are allotted based on a team's free-agent losses from the most-recent season.

Michael Grey at 710Sports.com sees Marshawn Lynch's future as a key piece to the team's approach this offseason.

Jim Moore at 710Sports.com details 10 reasons to be excited about the Seahawks moving forward from the team's loss in Super Bowl XLIX.

Dave Boling at the Tacoma News Tribune believes that while the Seahawks' coaching losses are notable, they will minimally impact the club in 2015.

Evan Silva at rotoworld.com has a complete list of 2015 NFL free agents that will be updated throughout the offseason.

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