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Byron Maxwell using trade from Eagles as motivation; Kiko Alonso not so much

Byron Maxwell using trade from Eagles as motivation; Kiko Alonso not so much

Byron Maxwell doesn't have any doubts about why the Eagles traded him last offseason. 

"It was obvious," Maxwell said on Monday afternoon. "[The Eagles] needed a quarterback." 

Maxwell and Kiko Alonso are back in town at the NovaCare Complex this week for the first time since both were sent to Miami in a deal that moved the Eagles from the 13th to the eighth spot in the 2016 draft. The Eagles eventually packaged the No. 8 pick to move up to No. 2 to take Carson Wentz. 

So, yeah, Maxwell is kind of right. The Eagles needed a franchise quarterback and trading him and Alonso was the first step in making that happen. 

That hasn't changed the fact that Maxwell uses the trade as motivation. 

"Yeah, I would be lying if I told you I don't want to do better than the Eagles do," he said. "I do. I want to win more games than them. I want to prove them wrong."

If he knows the Eagles traded him to get a franchise quarterback, how does he still use the trade as motivation? 

"That's just what I do," he said. "You can call it petty -- I don't know what it is. But that's just what I do, how I feel. That's just realistic. I know what it is but I still want to do better than my old team. I don't think no player wants the team to get rid of you and then they do better, to be honest with you."

The Eagles gave up on Maxwell just one year into his six-year, $63 million contract and gave up on Alonso just one year after trading the franchise's leading rusher, LeSean McCoy, to get him. 

Both went to Miami and ended up being big defensive pieces of a Dolphins team that went 10-6 and made the playoffs. 

While Maxwell uses being traded as motivation, Alonso said he doesn't. The middle linebacker of few words and extended blank stares, just went with the flow when he was dealt to Miami. 

How does Alonso look back at his year in Philly? 

"Obviously, it wasn't the year we wanted," he said. "It is what it is."

For Alonso, his trade to Miami was the second time he was moved in two years, so he said the second trade wasn't very surprising. Maxwell said he was surprised by the move but thought something was up when he didn't hear from any of his coaches after the 2016 season ended. 

Still, both probably should have seen getting moved as a possibility, especially after the man who brought them to town, Chip Kelly, was ousted before the end of the regular season, and in a plot twist worthy of a movie, his biggest nemesis, Howie Roseman, was given back his power. 

"I didn't really get caught up in that," said Alonso, who still has a good relationship with Kelly, whom he also played for at Oregon. "I was just like, just go with the flow. They traded me, I was like 'alright, I'm going to Miami.'"

Both Maxwell and Alonso still have friends on the Eagles' roster, so they said it was good to catch up with them at Monday's joint practices. But Maxwell said he didn't really have any special feelings as he returned to Philadelphia. He spent just one season here and it wasn't really one to remember. 

Both also got a chance to face Wentz -- the player the Eagles eventually parlayed their trade into getting -- on Monday morning. Maxwell admitted he does pay attention to Wentz's progress because, as he already admitted, he wants to have more success than the Eagles. 

Of course, Alonso didn't see it the same way. 

"Naahh," he said. 

Former Eagles Dawkins, Owens named Hall of Fame semifinalists

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Former Eagles Dawkins, Owens named Hall of Fame semifinalists

Brian Dawkins and Terrell Owens are again one step closer to making it to the Hall of Fame.

Both former Eagles were named as two of 27 semifinalists for the Pro Football Hall of Fame's 2018 class.

Their inclusion on the list Tuesday is not a surprise at all. Both were on the list of finalists last year, but did not make the 2017 class to the dismay of Eagles fans.

The 15 finalists will be announced during January and Hall of Fame voters will cast their votes for the inductees on Super Bowl Saturday.

This is Dawkins' second year of eligibility and Owens' third. Traditionally it has been difficult for safeties to make it into the Hall of Fame, which might have hurt Dawkins. Owens has likely been hurt by his abrasive personality. Both are very worthy candidates and have a shot to be inducted this year.

Joining them on the list of semifinalists are six who made it on their first years of eligibility: DB Ronde Barber, OG Steve Hutchinson, LB Ray Lewis, LB Brian Urlacher, WR Randy Moss and DL Richard Seymour.

The original list of 108 nominees was cut down to 27 semifinalists instead of 25 because of ties.

Here is the full list of semifinalists:

S Steve Atwater
CB/S Ronde Barber
OT Tony Boselli
WR Isaac Bruce
S LeRoy Butler
Coach Don Coryell
RB Roger Craig
S Brian Dawkins
G Alan Faneca
WR Torry Holt
OG Steve Hutchinson
OT Joe Jacoby
RB Edgerrin James
Coach Jimmy Johnson
CB Ty Law
LB Ray Lewis
FS John Lynch
C/G Kevin Mawae
LB Karl Mecklenburg
WR Randy Moss
DE Leslie O'Neal
WR Terrell Owens
DE Simeon Rice
DE/DT Richard Seymour
LB Brian Urlacher
CB Everson Walls
WR Hines Ward

Former Eagles CB Dexter McDougle signs with Saints

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Former Eagles CB Dexter McDougle signs with Saints

Former Eagles cornerback Dexter McDougle has found a home with another one of the top teams in the NFC. 

McDougle on Tuesday signed with the New Orleans Saints, who, like the Eagles, are also on an eight-game winning streak. 

McDougle, 26, came to the Eagles in a trade with the Jets for safety Terrence Brooks in late August and even signed him to a one-year extension in early September. 

The former third-round pick in 2014 played more than the Eagles likely anticipated during his eight games active in Philly. 

In total, McDougle played 55 defensive snaps, and just three weeks ago played 32 of them in a pinch against the 49ers. He also played 135 special teams snaps (50 percent through the Denver game). 

McDougle was waived last week when the Eagles brought in linebacker Dannell Ellerbe. McDougle was expendable as Ronald Darby returned from his dislocated ankle. The only game McDougle was inactive was the opener, before Darby's injury. 

Without McDougle, the Eagles still have plenty of corners. They have five on the roster, including Jaylen Watkins, who is listed as a safety but has played corner this season.