The Seattle Seahawks haven’t made any big splash moves in free agency, but their approach to retooling the defensive line has involved some inexpensive signings of some familiar faces.
Not too long after Seattle signed Bruce Irvin on a one-year deal (terms not yet disclosed), the team also brought back defensive end Benson Mayowa, who’s coming off a career-best year with the Oakland Raiders.
As we await the details of Irvin’s contract, ESPN’s Brady Henderson has got you covered for Mayowa’s one-year agreement.
Details on Benson Mayowa's one-year, $3.05M contract with the Seahawks, via ESPN's Roster Management System: $1.5M signing bonus and $1.05M base salary (fully guaranteed) for total guarantee of $2.55M; $500K in per-game 46-man roster bonuses.— Brady Henderson (@BradyHenderson) April 10, 2020
This should leave the Seahawks with just over $12.5 million left in cap space.
Mayowa was part of the Seahawks roster in 2013, played a handful of snaps to start the season, then was cut in 2014. Since then, he’s had two stints with the Raiders, one year with the Arizona Cardinals, and two years with the Dallas Cowboys. It’s his aforementioned 2019 in Oakland that marked his best season to date, recording seven sacks in 15 games played. He also had a career-high in pressures and hurries, so he may be entering his prime.
All things considered, the theme of this offseason has been short-term, low-risk, high-upside contracts on both sides of the ball. I imagine many fans (self-included) rather that not be THE solution to tweaking the front four, but rather part of a bigger plan.