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Seahawks Sign Defensive End Benson Mayowa

The Seahawks are bringing back Benson Mayowa, a defensive end who began his career in Seattle as an undrafted rookie. 


Benson Mayowa's NFL journey began with him taking part in the Seahawks' 2013 rookie minicamp as an unsigned tryout player.

Seven years later, Mayowa is returning to Seattle, this time as an established veteran who the Seahawks hope can help their pass rush.

The Seahawks signed Mayowa Monday, bringing back a player who first signed with the Seahawks after an impressive showing in that rookie minicamp. After that rookie minicamp came to an end, Pete Carroll asked if any tryout players had made an impression, and the Seahawks coach singled out Mayowa, saying, "The kid from Idaho did a nice job."

Seven years later, "the kid from Idaho" is still enjoying a successful NFL journey. Mayowa was active for only two games as a rookie thanks to an incredibly deep defensive end rotation that included the likes of Cliff Avril, Michael Bennett, Chris Clemons and Red Bryant. Mayowa was waived prior to the start of the 2014 season and claimed by the Oakland Raiders, and been a regular contributor for multiple teams over the past seven seasons, appearing in at least 12 games every year since his rookie year while playing for the Raiders, Cowboys, Cardinals, and Raiders again last year.

During his second stint with the Raiders, Mayowa recorded a career-high 7.0 sacks last season, as well as 10 quarterback hits and three forced fumbles. Mayowa did that while playing only 29 percent of defensive snaps, according to Pro Football Reference.

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