REPORT: Seahawks sign DE Benson Mayowa
With the future of Jadeveon Clowney unknown, the Seattle Seahawks are not sitting idly by. Instead, the team has gone out and improved their pass rush by signing defensive end Benson Mayowa, per Brady Henderson of ESPN.
Mayowa, who spent last season with the Oakland Raiders, signed with the Seahawks on a one-year deal worth $3 million.
The 28-year-old defensive end had a career-year last season for Oakland, as he recorded 15 tackles, seven sacks and five tackles for a loss. Mayowa’s seven sacks were second on the team despite not starting a single game for the Raiders last season.
2020 will actually be Mayowa’s second stint with the Seahawks, as the 6-foot-3, 265-pound pass rusher spent his rookie in Seattle after going undrafted out of the University of Idaho.
That season, Mayowa only appeared in two games and recorded two total tackles. However, he did win a ring with the team as the Seahawks finished the season as champions.
Mayowa’s excellent sack production will come in handy for a Seattle squad that ranked second-last in the NFL with only 28 total sacks last campaign. As a whole, the Seahawks defense finished in the bottom half of the league in most defensive categories.
Mayowa joins a Seahawks free-agent class that includes tight end Greg Olsen, wide receiver Phillip Dorsett, defensive end Bruce Irvin and offensive linemen B.J Finney, Brandon Shell, Cedric Ogbuehi and Chance Warmack.
Seattle has also re-signed defensive tackle Jarran Reed, tight end Luke Wilson and acquired cornerback Quinton Dunbar in a trade with the Washington Redskins.