Former Seattle Seahawks defensive lineman Malik McDowell never played a down for the team that drafted him in 2017, but his NFL career isn’t necessarily over before it really began.
ESPN’s Dallas Cowboys beat reporter Todd Archer says Jerry Jones’ team is prepared to meet with the former Michigan State star on Tuesday.
The Cowboys are scheduled to meet with defensive end Malik McDowell on Tuesday, according to sources. A second-round pick by the Seattle Seahawks in 2017, McDowell did not play in a game after a serious ATV accident not long after he was drafted. The Seahawks released McDowell...— Todd Archer (@toddarcher) March 18, 2019
McDowell suffered serious brain injuries after an ATV accident in July of 2017. The Seahawks didn’t declare McDowell as unable to play at all in that season until late November.
Last year, the Seahawks waived McDowell with a non-football injury designation. He was subsequent placed on the team’s reserve/non-football injury list, so he was indeed still a part of Seattle’s roster throughout the 2018 season. Earlier this month, McDowell was waived again, this time making him a free agent.
Seattle selected McDowell with the 35th overall pick two seasons ago, but his injury set off a chain reaction of sorts. They wound up trading their 2018 second-rounder and WR Jermaine Kearse for New York Jets DL Sheldon Richardson, whom they wouldn’t re-sign in free agency anyway.
I guess we’ll find out soon enough whether or not McDowell is indeed going to find his way on another NFL roster, and defy the odds and suit up and play.