Well, that’s that. The Seattle Seahawks have waived defensive tackle Malik McDowell, the team announced on Thursday as training camp opens for 2018. The team also cut ties with cornerback DeAndre Elliott. Both missed 2017 with injuries and don’t look to be a part of the Seahawks near-term plans.
McDowell, a second-round pick out of Michigan State last year, was Seattle’s top pick in the 2017 draft, but never played for the Seahawks, the result of a head injury sustained in a vehicular accident last summer. Elliott made the team as an undrafted rookie out of Colorado State in 2016, appearing in 13 games, then missed all of last season, the result of a leg injury sustained in the preseason.
The team has remained extremely quiet on what happened to McDowell, other than it being an “ATV accident” and on what his injuries actually are. It would seem that if the team is parting ways with him just one year after making him a high second round pick — and with nothing to gain in terms of the salary cap — that he is unlikely to ever realize his NFL dreams. I know the knee jerk reaction for some will be anger towards McDowell, but the only real loser here as a result of his accident is McDowell. I don’t see the point of piling on to that.
He had an extremely high ceiling as a defensive lineman and he’ll probably never play in the league. That’s just really sad.
The team also placed Kam Chancellor on PUP and he’s not expected to play again either. The Seahawks signed tight end Je’Ron Hamm and receiver Kayaune Ross.