5 THINGS TO KNOW about the new defensive end for the Cowboys, BENSON MAYOWA
#1 A first-generation American born to parents who immigrated from Nigeria, Benson is from Los Angeles. He is the first member of his family to attend college (University of Idaho). Benson has a tattoo of a picture of his mother, Eunice, on his right forearm. She died of cancer his senior year of college. He says the tattoo makes his think of his mother everyday and she continues to motivate him to be a better person.
#2 Mayowa has a Super Bowl ring. He was a rookie in 2013 on the Seattle Seahawks championship team. He played in 2 games for Seattle that year.
#3 Mayowa was signed by the Seahawks in May 2013 as an undrafted rookie free agent. He caught the attention of Seahawks scouts at a regional combine. Mayowa was not highly sought after following college. He also was not highly recruited out of high school because of academic issues, but took advantage of his one scholarship offer at Idaho where he played 45 games and enjoyed a solid college career.
#4 Mayowa was waived by the Seahawks at the end of 2014 Training Camp. He was quickly signed by the Oakland Raiders where he played two seasons. In Oakland, he played in 28 games with three starts. He has 31 career tackles and 2 career sacks.
#5 Mayowa entered 2016 as a restricted free agent. The Raiders signed him to a right-of-first-refusal tender offer of 1 year for $1.671 million. But the Cowboys, liking Mayowa’s potential, signed him to an offer sheet for 3 years, $8.55 million. The Raiders decided not to match the Cowboys’ offer, so Mayowa is now a member of the Dallas Cowboys where he’ll join the rotation of players at defense end.