Seahawks waive 2017 2nd-round pick Malik McDowell, CB DeAndre Elliott
Malik McDowell, the Seahawks’ top draft pick in 2017, has been waived by the team with a non-football injury designation having never appeared in a game.
Seattle also waived cornerback DeAndre Elliott with a failed physical designation, making room to sign tight ends Kayaune Ross and Je’Ron Hamm at the start of training camp Thursday.
McDowell, a defensive tackle, suffered a head injury in an ATV incident shortly after the 2017 NFL Draft. Questions surrounding McDowell’s status lingered ever since, and his release had been expected since April.
The Seahawks drafted McDowell, 22, out of Michigan State in the second round of the 2017 NFL Draft (No. 35 overall). News of McDowell’s injury first came in July 2017, when the team announced the he had been involved in a vehicular accident.
Elliott, 25, appeared in 13 games for the Seahawks in 2016.
The Seahawks also announced safety Kam Chancellor has been placed on the Reserve/PUP list. Chancellor suffered a season-ending neck injury last year and indicated earlier this month that his career is over. He stopped short of saying he is retiring, however, as he is under contract through 2020 and would have to forfeit his guaranteed salary for the final three years by announcing a retirement.