The signing of the Benson Mayowa Seahawks could cost them Jadeveon Clowney. (Getty)
The Seahawks took another step to improve the team’s lackluster rush in 2019 by signing defensive end Benson Mayowa for a one-year contract.
Huard: Seahawks Send Clowney A Message By Signing Mayowa
Mayowa, 28, started his career with Seattle as an undrafted free agent in 2013 and after bouncing throughout his NFL career, he returned to the Pacific Northwest a year after recording 7 bags for the Oakland Raiders (now Las Vegas).
The deal is not important at all, as it is supposedly guaranteed to be $ 3 million and can exceed $ 4 million if certain incentives are met, for example NFL.com’s Tom Peliserro, but the move could signal the end of the Jadeveon Clowney Seahawks’ chase, according to Dave Wyman of 710 ESPN Seattle.
Neither the Mayowa deal nor that of defensive end Bruce Irvin has been formalized, so OverTheCap.com estimates the Seahawks have just over $ 14 million in available space. After the Mayowa deal, that represents about $ 11 million. No specification of Irvin’s contract has been revealed, but if he obtained an agreement similar to that of Mayowa, this would easily put the Seahawks to less than $ 10 million in available space, after the publication of ‘Ed Dickson and Tedric Thompson last week, which became clear. just over $ 5 million.
Wyman thinks the Mayowa deal could be the straw that broke the camel’s back in terms of trying to re-sign Clowney.
“I think that could be an indication that they are unable to do so,” he said of Bob, Dave and Moore of 710 ESPN Seattle. “I think the Seahawks are going to be very strong on the offer they have (made) and it’s a deal to take or leave. “
Reports of what Clowney asked for and what was offered to him are all over the map. What is generally believed is that it requires $ 20 or $ 21 million per season. Dianna Russini of ESPN reported on Wednesday that Clowney had lowered its asking price to $ 17 million or $ 18 million. But there have been other reports in recent weeks that differ.
Some have said that Clowney may seek a one-year deal to reset its value for the next offseason when the salary cap increases. Some reports, such as by Corbin Smith of Seahawks Maven, said the Seahawks had offered him $ 18.5 million a year. A report by thepick6.com said the Seahawks offered $ 13 million a year, and 710 ESPN Seattle’s Jake Heaps was able to confirm the source of this website.
Most top pass runners have already signed in free agency, leaving Clowney as the clear top defensive end to the left. Wyman thinks Seattle might be looking for a more rotational approach to the 2020 rush, similar to the 2013 when the Seahawks won the Super Bowl and regularly spun five times to see rush rushers throughout games.
“Now you have Mayowa and maybe you put him with Bruce Irvin and maybe you can do something with Everson Griffen,” he said. “But to me, it just seems that it is much more unlikely that they will sign Clowney … For the limited number of representatives that (Mayowa) had, this is a pretty good production. If you can go get a couple of guys like that, which I think they’re doing, then the Clowney Prize, I just think he’s going to be terribly disappointed that he won’t get the money he wants and I don’t think the Seahawks will pay him. “
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