The day after Seahawks coach Pete Carroll singled out former Idaho defensive end Benson Mayowa for standing out during the team’s three-day rookie mini camp, the Seahawks announced the signing of Mayowa and former Juanita tight end Victor Marshall.
Mayowa, who is 6 feet 3 and 236 pounds, impressed Carroll with his speed off the edge as a pass rusher. Mayowa had three sacks in 11 games as a senior at Idaho last year. He also had three sacks the year before in 10 games. When asked for any surprises after the final day of the rookie mini camp, Carroll said, “The kid from Idaho looked pretty good. He did a nice job…He was a guy that really jumped out. He was rushing the passer and looked pretty fast on the edge.”
Marshall went to Juanita High in Kirkland before moving on to Simon Fraser University and the University of British Columbia.
The team also released linebacker Ramon Buchanon. Buchanon played at Miami, and the Seahawks signed him shortly after the draft as an undrafted free agent.
Here is the full press release:
Renton, Wash. – The Seattle Seahawks have released linebacker Ramon Buchanon and signed tight end Victor Marshall and defensive end Benson Mayowa, the club announced this afternoon. Marshall and Mayowa recently attended Seattle’s rookie minicamp on a tryout basis.
Marshall attended Juanita High School in Kirkland and caught 40 passes in 2009 while at Simon Fraser University and had 10 receptions in 2010 for the University of British Columbia. Mayowa played in 45 career games at Idaho, collecting 67 tackles (47 solo), 11.0 sacks, 11 forced fumbles and three fumble recoveries during his four-year career for the Vandals.
Buchanon was signed on May 10 after agreeing to terms after April’s NFL Draft on April 27.