Mayowa with the Dallas Cowboys in 2017.
|No. 91 – Arizona Cardinals|
|Born:||August 3, 1991|
Los Angeles, California
|Height:||6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)|
|Weight:||265 lb (120 kg)|
|High school:||Inglewood (CA)|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Career NFL statistics as of Week 6, 2018|
|Player stats at PFR|
Benson Babatunde Mayowa (born August 3, 1991) is an American football defensive end for the Arizona Cardinals of the National Football League (NFL). He also was a member of the Seattle Seahawks, Oakland Raiders and Dallas Cowboys. He played college football at the University of Idaho.
Mayowa attended Inglewood High School, where as a senior defensive end he had 75 tackles, 11 sacks and one interception, while receiving All-league and second-team all-California Interscholastic Federation honors.
After not being heavily recruited because of his academic grades, he accepted a football scholarship from the University of Idaho. He was a backup defensive end as a true freshman, registering 6 tackles (2 for loss), one sack and one quarterback hurry. The next year he made 25 tackles (4.5 for loss), 3 sacks, one quarterback hurry, 2 passes defended, 3 forced fumbles and one recovered.
As a junior he started 6 out of 10 games (missed 2 with an injury), posting 17 tackles (4.5 for loss), 3 sacks, 5 quarterback hurries, 2 passes defended, 2 forced fumbles and one recovered.
As a senior he started 8 out of 11 games, making 22 tackles (7 for loss), 3 sacks, 4 quarterback hurries, one pass defended and 3 forced fumbles. He finished his college career with 45 games, 67 tackles (47 solo), 11 sacks, 11 forced fumbles, and 3 fumble recoveries.
On May 13, 2013, he was signed by the Seattle Seahawks as an undrafted free agent, after participating on a tryout basis at rookie minicamp. He played the first two games and was declared inactive for the rest of the regular season. On August 30, 2014, he was waived during the final roster cuts.
On August 31, 2014, he was claimed off waivers by the Oakland Raiders. On December 7, he recorded his first NFL sack against the San Francisco 49ers. He finished the season with 13 tackles and one sack.
On March 18, 2016, the Dallas Cowboys signed him to a three-year $8.25 million offer sheet. On March 22, the Raiders declined to match the offer, officially allowing Mayowa to sign with the Cowboys without receiving any compensation.
Mayowa was acquired to provide depth at the defensive end position with the looming suspensions to DeMarcus Lawrence and Randy Gregory and the decision not to bring back Greg Hardy. At the time the signing surprised observers, because Mayowa had only 3 career starts and 2 sacks, while playing mostly as an outside linebacker.
He was placed on physically unable to perform list at the start of training camp, while recovering from a knee scope he underwent in June. He began the season as the starter at right defensive end, until losing his position after Lawrence returned from his four-game suspension. His role began to be reduced and against the Cincinnati Bengals, he played less snaps than Ryan Davis. He was declared inactive against the Pittsburgh Steelers, after being passed on the depth chart by Davis, because he was not providing the pass rush pressure that was expected from him. He was declared inactive against the Baltimore Ravens and Washington Redskins. He returned to the lineup against the Minnesota Vikings, experiencing an improvement in his play, while finishing with 6 sacks (led the team), making 4 of them in the last five games.
In 2017, he was limited at the start of training camp with knee soreness. Even though David Irving, Randy Gregory and Damontre Moore where suspended at the beginning of the regular season, Mayowa could not pass Tyrone Crawford on the depth chart at right defensive end. He suffered a back injury against the Oakland Raiders and missed the last 2 games. He finished with 21 tackles, one sack, 2 starts and was declared inactive in 2 games.
On March 7, 2018, Mayowa was released by the Cowboys.
Mayowa is of Nigerian descent.
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