Seahawks agree to terms with pass rusher Benson Mayowa, agent says

Apr 1, 2020, 4:47 PM | Updated: 4:57 pm
Seahawks DE Benson Mayowa...
Benson Mayowa, who started his career with Seattle, is coming back to the Seahawks. (Getty)

The Seahawks are still waiting on Jadeveon Clowney, but they’ve added to their pass rush in the meantime.

Hawks’ top competition for Clowney has apparently emerged

Benson Mayowa, a 28-year-old defensive end who had a career-high seven sacks for the Raiders last season, has agreed to terms to the team, according to his agent David Canter.

An alum of the University of Idaho, Mayowa began his NFL career with the Seahawks in 2013, making two combined tackles in two games after signing as an undrafted free agent shortly after that year’s NFL Draft.

Mayowa spent two seasons as a role player with the Raiders, then signed a three-year deal with the Dallas Cowboys in 2016. He flashed in his first year with Dallas, making six sacks in 13 games, but was cut ahead of the 2018 season. He went to Arizona that year, where he had three sacks, and then signed a one-year deal worth $3 million with the Raiders for 2019.

He was second on the Raiders with his seven sacks last year despite not starting any of the 15 games he played. That sack number is three more than any Seahawks player had in 2019.

Mayowa has never started more than six games in any of his seven NFL season, which indicate what kind of role Seattle may have in mind for him. It also makes his sack totals all the more impressive.’s Tom Pellissero reports that Mayowa’s deal with Seattle is for one year with $3 million guaranteed.

This is the second addition made by the Seahawks to their pass rush, which was unquestionably one of their biggest need after last season. Coincidentally, the other signing to the pass rush was another player who returned to the team: Bruce Irvin, who was a teammate of Mayowa’s with Seattle in 2013.

Follow’s Brent Stecker on Twitter.

More Seahawks offseason coverage

Rost: 3 free agents who could be the Seahawks’ next signings
• Should Seahawks draft a RB in 2nd round? If so, Huard has his pick
• Clayton: Seahawks’ offseason is going to plan — with DE the exception
• Wyman: Hawks have had more recent draft success than you’d think
2020 offseason tracker: Signings, departures and more

Seattle Seahawks

Seahawks Geno Smith...
Stacy Rost

Rost: Seahawks’ struggles on D aren’t surprising, but offense masking that is

That the Seahawks' D has struggled isn’t news. That the offense has been good enough to distract everyone from that is a surprise, though.
10 hours ago
Seahawks... Staff

Seahawks Instant Reaction: Seattle Sports on 48-45 win over Lions

The voices of Seattle Sports weigh in on the Seahawks' 48-45 win over the Detroit Lions on Sunday in Week 4 of the NFL season.
1 day ago
Seahawks Geno Smith...
Brandon Gustafson

Let Geno Cook? Seahawks’ opened-up offense shining with Smith at helm

After two conservative games to open the season, the Seahawks and Geno Smith have drastically improved offensively, especially in Week 4.
1 day ago
Seahawks Rashaad Penny...
Brent Stecker

Seahawks Fast Facts: Seattle holds off Lions in 48-45 shootout

The Seahawks certainly brought their offense to Detroit. Good thing, because they needed it as much any game so far this season.
1 day ago
Seahawks Lions...
Brandon Gustafson

Lions without 3 top playmakers against struggling Seahawks defense

The Lions have been great offensively while the Seahawks' D has struggled, but the Lions are without three key players on offense in Week 4.
1 day ago
Seahawks Jamal Adams...
Brent Stecker

How missing Jamal Adams has thrown Seahawks’ defense for a loop

Brock Huard explains why something that K.J. Wright pointed out about the impact of Jamal Adams missing from the Seahawks' defense jumps out.
3 days ago
Seahawks agree to terms with pass rusher Benson Mayowa, agent says