Dolphins CB Byron Maxwell can’t wait to remind Eagles they (messed) up

Byron Maxwell still has a special place in his heart for the Eagles. (Allen Eyestone/The Post)

DAVIE—This is setting up to be a big season for Dolphins cornerback Byron Maxwell. After coming over in a trade from the Eagles last spring, the acclimation process was a little rocky before he steadied himself and put himself in the debate for a Pro Bowl spot by the end of the year.

The continuity of playing in the same defensive scheme and lining up with the same guys in Xavien Howard, Reshad Jones and Michael Thomas (among others) should help. Even more importantly, Maxwell is in excellent health after coming back from a season-ending ankle injury.

“I’m feeling pretty good,” he said. “Second year in the system, second year with my teammates—I know who can do what and we feel comfortable together. I’m feeling good about the situation right now. I’ve got a great d-line in front of me that works hard, and that’s important. I’m feeling great.

“I learned that you’ve gotta play the defense, but once you learn it, you’ve gotta put your spin on it and do what makes you comfortable. At the end of the day, it’s about getting the job done.”

Maxwell is one of the most level personalities on the Dolphins, but he’s not immune to responding when someone takes a shot at him. He enjoyed Brandon Marshall’s chirping prior to their matchup last year, and he’s been bent on proving Philadelphia wrong ever since he got dealt.

He’s not exactly done with that vendetta. He mentioned it again after today’s practice and is eagerly awaiting the Dolphins’ upcoming trip to Philadelphia—“I am, I’m looking forward to it,” he said—in which they’ll hold joint practices with the Eagles before facing them in the Aug. 24 preseason game.

He still knows some people on the team, but his main interest is in providing the Eagles with an up-close reminder of why they shouldn’t have given up on him one season into a six-year, $63 million deal.

“Well, yeah, I would like to think they (messed) up,” he said. “Their season didn’t go too well. Yeah. And who says their season’s gonna go well this year? We’ll see. But I’m worried about the Miami Dolphins.”

Beyond continuing to make his point to Philadelphia, this is a big year for Maxwell contract-wise. He’s 29 and will make $8.5 million this season, but the Dolphins can get out of the remaining three years and $29.8 million at no cost by letting him go at the end of the year. His performance this season could push the Dolphins keep him on his current deal or entice some other team to spend big if Miami lets him leave, and he’d have a whole new quest for revenge if the latter takes place.

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