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Seattle Seahawks Suing Former Michigan State Spartan Malik McDowell

Seattle are seeking $799,238 from their 2017 second-round draft pick

May 31, 2019 - 8:20 pm

Former Michigan State Spartan standout defensive end Malik McDowell is being sued by the Seattle Seahawks, after he has yet to return the $799,238 that he received as a signing bonus.

The Seahawks selected McDowell in the second round of the 2017 NFL Draft. Once considered a top-10 talent, McDowell’s draft stock plummeted following a shaky junior season and his combine performance. It wasn’t so much what he displayed athletically that led to the drop, but rather his communication skills with coaches and general managers.

Seattle and McDowell agreed to terms on a 4-year, $6.95 million contract shortly after drafting him. Seattle took a risk and they never got a chance to see it pan out.

Before McDowell could even show up to his first NFL training camp, he was involved in an ATV accident that left him seriously injured and ultimately led to the Seahawks releasing him a few months ago.

Since the injury wasn't football related, the Seahawks placed him on the non-football injury list, dropping his base salary from $465,000 to $85,000. This marked the first time Seattle went after McDowell financially. 

The second time was to receive all the bonus payments he was given. As part of McDowell's contract, he was set to receive $3.19 million in bonuses, broken up into four payments of $799,238.

The former Spartan only received two of those payments, for a total of $1.6 million, which was initially what Seattle was suing him for. Seattle was trying to make sure that McDowell didn't get a single penny from them, but that fell through.

Which leads up to now. Seattle is suing McDowell to get half of that he earned from the franchise unless he can legally prove that he financially can't to do so. The Seahawks are also trying to get a still-accumulating interest on the money he owes and well as making him pay for the teams legal fees.