Davis was signed from Seattle's practice squad, where the team placed him after claiming him on waivers in May. Jeremy Lane is the favorite to replace Sherman as the starter on the left side opposite rookie Shaquill Griffin, but Maxwell will give Seattle another option there.
Sherman ruptured his Achilles during Thursday evening's win over the rival Arizona Cardinals.
Maxwell spent only one season with the Eagles before being traded to the Miami Dolphins.
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Maxwell, a Clemson grad who was a sixth-round pick of the Seahawks in 2011, arrived in Seattle Sunday and had a meeting with the Seahawks Monday and has agreed to a one-year deal, according to reports. He was released by Miami late last month after playing just two games this season, having been benched and also dealing with a hamstring issue.
Davis was a fourth-round pick of the 49ers in 2015 out of SC. In the preseason, he led the Seahawks with 106 yards rushing and caught five passes for 41 yards.
Coach Pete Carroll said during the preseason that Davis had the ability to be either an early-down back or fill the two-minute/third-down back role that Prosise has typically held (Davis had 70 receptions during his SC career and 10 for 63 yards in his two seasons with the 49ers).