- placed OT Michael Bowie on reserve/retired list
- signed DL Kenton Adeyemi.
Who they are
Bowie was claimed on waivers two years ago despite a serious shoulder injury that kept him out all of 2014. He had started at times as a rookie on Seattle’s Super Bowl championship team. Last summer he hurt his other shoulder on the last play of a pre-season game, costing him all of 2015 as well. He had been participating in camp this week until missing yesterday for personal reasons. Now, at age 24, his NFL career is apparently over, despite an upbeat interview with his hometown newspaper only a month ago.
Adeyemi is a rookie from UConn, where his coach lauded his personality:
“He’s going to be the governor of the state some day,” [Bob] Diaco said. “He’s so personable, so smart. He was like the mayor on campus. He’s a great guy.”
What do these moves mean for the Browns?
Whatever the reason for his retirement, it’s a shame that the Browns’ two-year, $900K investment in Bowie was for naught. He was thought to have considerable upside and could have capitalized on RT Mitchell Schwartz‘s departure in free agency. Competition at that position remains in play among Alvin Bailey (Bowie’s teammate in Seattle and a fellow Oklahoman), returnee Austin Pasztor, and mid-round draft picks Shon Coleman and Spencer Drango.
Adeyemi was apparently next on the front office’s list, becoming the seventh signee in the last two weeks. He’ll try to impress at defensive end and perhaps earn a spot on the practice squad. Chicago signed him this spring but waived him a month later. At this point, the top three DEs seem to be John Hughes, Xavier Cooper, and Nick Hayden, with rookie Emmanuel Ogbah a wildcard tweener.
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