Benson Mayowa’s NFL trip began with his participation in the Seahawks’ rookie minicamp in 2013 as an unsigned test player.
Seven years later, Mayowa returns to Seattle, this time as an established veteran who the Seahawks say can help speed their passage.
The Seahawks signed Mayowa on Monday, bringing back a player who first signed with the Seahawks after an impressive performance in this rookie minicamp. After the rookie mini-camp ended, Pete Carroll asked if any of the test players had made a good impression, and the Seahawks coach chose Mayowa, saying, “The Idaho kid did a good job. “
Seven years later, “the Idaho kid” still has a successful NFL journey. Mayowa was only active for two games as a rookie on an incredibly deep defensive rotation that included Cliff Avril, Michael Bennett, Chris Clemons and Red Bryant. Mayowa was canceled before the start of the 2014 season and claimed by the Oakland Raiders, and has been a regular contributor to several teams in the past seven seasons, appearing in at least 12 games each year since his rookie year playing for the Raiders, Cowboys, Cardinals and Raiders again last year.
In her second run with the Raiders, Mayowa had a career-high 7.0 sacks last season, as well as 10 quarterback hits and three forced fumbles. Mayowa did it by playing only 29% of defensive snaps, according to Pro Football Reference.