Bradley Sowell

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Bradley Sowell
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Sowell with the Arizona Cardinals in 2014
No. 79 – Chicago Bears
Position: Offensive tackle
Personal information
Date of birth: (1989-06-06) June 6, 1989 (age 28)
Place of birth: Hernando, Mississippi
Height: 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m)
Weight: 309 lb (140 kg)
Career information
High school: Hernando (MS)
College: Mississippi
Undrafted: 2012
Career history
 * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Roster status: Active
Career NFL statistics as of 2016
Games played: 68
Games started: 21
Player stats at

Bradley Keith Sowell (June 6, 1989) is an American football offensive tackle for the Chicago Bears of the National Football League. He played college football at the University of Mississippi. He signed with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as undrafted free agent in 2012. He was born in Memphis, Tennessee and raised in nearby Hernando, Mississippi.

College career[edit]

Sowell played tackle for the University of Mississippi.

Professional career[edit]

Tampa Bay Buccaneers[edit]

On April 30, 2012, Sowell was signed as an undrafted rookie for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The Buccaneers signed him to a three-year, $1.45 million contract.[1] After originally making the 53-man roster, Sowell was waived on September 1, 2012, after the Bucs claimed three players off waivers.[2] He was then signed to the team's practice squad.

Indianapolis Colts[edit]

On September 11, 2012, he was signed off of the Tampa Bay Buccaneer's practice squad to the Indianapolis Colts active roster.[3] He began the season as the backup left tackle to Anthony Castonzo and made his professional debut on September 16, 2012, against the Minnesota Vikings. On August 31, 2013, he was waived by the Indianapolis Colts.[1]

During his time with the Indianapolis Colts, he appeared in ten games for them.

Arizona Cardinals[edit]

On September 1, 2013, the Arizona Cardinals claimed Sowell off of waivers reuniting him with his former interim head coach and offensive coordinator in Indianapolis, Bruce Arians.[1] Sowell began the season as the third right tackle on the depth chart. He then was named backup left tackle to Levi Brown and replaced him when he was ineffective. He ultimately performed well enough to win the starting position and the Cardinals then traded Brown to the Pittsburgh Steelers. On October 5, 2013, Sowell made his first career start at left tackle in a 22-6 victory over the Carolina Panthers.[4]

He appeared in all 16 of the regular season games on special teams and started the last 12 games of the regular season at left tackle.[5] He struggled throughout his first season in Arizona and was rated 76th out of 76 tackles that qualified by Pro Football Focus.[6]

The following season, he lost his starting position to newly acquired free-agent Jared Veldheer but was able to appear in all 16 regular season games..[6]

On February 26, 2015, the Cardinals signed him to a one-year, $760,000 contract.[1] In his last season with the Cardinals, he played in all 16 regular season contests. He finished his career in Arizona with a total of 48 games appearances and 12 starts.

Seattle Seahawks[edit]

On March 14, 2016, the Seattle Seahawks signed Sowell to a one-year, $1.00 million free agent contract with a signing bonus of $200,000.[1]

He won the Seahawks' starting left tackle position in training camp and started the season. On October 23, 2016, Sowell sprained his left knee during a 6–6 tie with his former team, the Arizona Cardinals. Undrafted rookie George Fant started in his place for four games and performed well enough to win the starting position once Sowell returned from injury.[7]

On October 12, 2016, it was reported that offensive line coach Tom Cable had announced that Sowell would compete with tackle Garry Gilliam for the starting right tackle position. Gilliam ultimately won the job, starting for the next game against the Philadelphia Eagles.[8] On December 14, 2016, Sowell was benched in the fourth quarter of a 24-3 victory over the Los Angeles Rams. He was a healthy scratch the last two weeks of the season and finished the season appearing in ten games with nine starts.[9]

Chicago Bears[edit]

On May 2, 2017, Sowell signed a one-year contract with the Chicago Bears.[10]


  1. ^ a b c d e " Bradley Sowell contract". Retrieved November 27, 2016. 
  2. ^ Cutrera, Dunsmore, Sowell Return as Bucs Form Practice Squad
  3. ^ Brad Wells (September 11, 2012). "Colts sign Bradley Sowell from Bucanneer's practice squad". Retrieved November 27, 2016. 
  4. ^ "NFL Player Profile: Bradley Sowell". Retrieved November 27, 2016. 
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  6. ^ a b "Arizona Cardinal's Jared Veldheer rated among top free-agent acquisitions". amp.Arizona Retrieved November 27, 2016. 
  7. ^ John Boyle (October 24, 2016). "No surgery for Bradley Sowell and other injury updates from Seahawk's coach Pete Carroll". Retrieved November 27, 2016. 
  8. ^ Bob Condotta (November 16, 2016). "George Fant to remain at left tackle for Seahawks, Bradley Sowell and Garry Gilliam competing at right tackle". Retrieved November 27, 2016. 
  9. ^ Danny O'Neil (December 24, 2016). "Inactives: Bradley Sowell's turn to sit for Seahawks vs. Cardinals". Retrieved January 4, 2017. 
  10. ^ Mayer, Larry (May 2, 2017). "Bears sign OT Sowell to 1-year deal". 

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