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Seahawks Are Reportedly Cutting Veteran Defensive Player

Seattle Seahawks helmets on the sideline.

MINNEAPOLIS - NOVEMBER 22: Seattle Seahawks helmets sit on the bench against the Minnesota Vikings at Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome on November 22, 2009 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)

The Seattle Seahawks are releasing defensive end Benson Mayowa, according to NFL Network's Tom Pelissero.

Per Spotrac, Seattle saves approximately $1.5 million in cap space by cutting the 30-year-old edge rusher.

Mayowa signed with the Seahawks as an undrafted free agent in 2013. He played just two games for the eventual Super Bowl champions before getting waived the following summer.

He then spent two seasons with the Oakland Raiders and two with the Dallas Cowboys before bouncing to the Arizona Cardinals in 2018. The following year, he collected a career-best seven sacks and three forced fumbles in a second stint with the Raiders.

Rejoining the Seahawks in 2020, Mayowa made nine starts and tallied six sacks, two forced fumbles, and a personal-high 61 percent snap rate, per Pro Football Reference.

Last year, however, he recorded just one sack and 15 tackles in a diminished role. As Gregg Bell of the Tacoma NewsTribune posited, Mayowa no longer fit Seattle's new 3-4 scheme.

To that point, the Seahawks signed linebacker Uchenna Nwosu to a two-year, $20 million contract earlier on Wednesday, per ESPN's Adam Schefter. The pass rusher compiled five sacks and 17 quarterback hits for the Los Angeles Chargers last season.