Benson Mayowa, who was part of a collective effort that rejuvenated Seattle's pass rush last season, has re-signed with the Seahawks.
Mayowa, 29, will be back with the Seahawks in 2021 for his ninth NFL season, an impressive career for a former undrafted free agent out of Idaho who began his NFL journey as a tryout player at Seattle's rookie minicamp in 2013.
After playing sparingly on that Super Bowl winning 2013 team, Mayowa went on to play for Oakland for two seasons, Dallas for two, Arizona for one, then back to Oakland in 2019 before he returned to Seattle in 2020.
With the Seahawks last year, Mayowa had 6.0 sacks, seven tackles for loss, nine quarterback hits, two forced fumbles and one fumble recovery in 13 games, nine of them starts. After missing three games in the middle of the season due to injury, Mayowa recorded four of his six sacks in the final six games of the season. Mayowa was one of two veterans added to the pass rush last offseason, along with Bruce Irvin, who unfortunately tore his ACL in Week 2, and Mayowa produced, with his sack total ranking third on the team behind Jamal Adams (9.5) and Jarran Reed (6.5). The offseason additions of Adams, Mayowa, and rookie Alton Robinson, as well as Carlos Dunlap II in a midseason trade, and a full season with Reed in the lineup all helped Seattle record 46 sacks, which ranked seventh in the league, and was a big improvement from 2019 when Seattle had just 28, tied for second fewest.
"He's a really savvy football player," Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said of Mayowa late last season. "He has good stuff, good moves and things, you just need to give him his turns. He's just been a real good positive addition and we're really lucky to have him."
A look back at some of the best photos of Seahawks defensive end Benson Mayowa from the 2020 season.