The Browns took a flier on former Seattle Seahawks second-round draft decide Malik McDowell and signed 5 undrafted free brokers.
The crew introduced Monday the additions of McDowell, a defensive sort out, and undrafted rookies Marvin Wilson (defensive sort out, Florida State), Tre Harbison (working again, Charlotte), Romeo McKnight (defensive finish, Charlotte), Emmanuel Rugamba (cornerback, Miami University) and Kiondre Thomas (cornerback, Kansas State).
In 2017, the Seahawks drafted McDowell thirty fifth general out of Michigan State University, however he by no means performed a recreation for them.
McDowell suffered serious injuries, including to his head, in an ATV accident in July 2017 and subsequently committed a series of crimes to which he finally pleaded responsible. Three of his arrests concerned alcohol, together with one throughout which he assaulted a police officer at a gas station. Another arrest stemmed from him possessing a stolen truck. He was sentenced to 11 months in jail and three years of probation in 2019.
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The Browns signed McDowell, 6-foot-6 and 295 kilos, partly as a result of they consider he has turned his life round whereas trying a comeback.
“We are certainly aware of Malik’s past, as we have done extensive work on him for the last two months,” Browns general manager Andrew Berry said in a statement. “He is accountable for his actions and has had to live with the consequences for decisions earlier in his life. We believe Malik is in a good place, personally and medically. He has taken the necessary steps to get on a healthy path, and has learned from his experiences.
“Malik understands the expectations we have of him as he attempts to make our football team. He is committed to taking advantage of the support network in place to become the best version of himself — both on and off the field — and we will support him as he attempts to make his return to football.”
McDowell, 24, hasn’t performed a down since he was a Michigan State junior in 2016. The Seahawks waived McDowell in July 2018. The Seahawks additionally sued him for almost $800,000 in forfeited signing bonus cash.