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Four teams made waivers claim for Michael Bowie

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If the Browns violated any unwritten rules by claiming Seahawks right tackle Michael Bowie on waivers as the team tried to slip him through to injured reserve, the Browns weren’t alone.

Per a league source, the Saints, Patriots, and Cowboys also made waivers claims for Bowie.

The Patriots are no surprise; they claimed Panthers sixth-round rookie running back Tyler Gaffney a week ago as Carolina tried to slide Gaffney, who suffered a knee injury, through to IR.  New England will now carry Gaffney on the 90-man roster until the first cuts to 75, at which time he can be sent to injured reserve without exposing him to waivers.

Curtis Crabtree of KJR and the PFT weeknight graveyard shift points out that Bowie is expected to miss four-to-six months with a shoulder injury.  Which means that the Browns most likely will put Bowie on injured reserve, eventually.

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37 Responses to “Four teams made waivers claim for Michael Bowie”
  1. floratiotime says: Aug 4, 2014 10:33 AM

    The Pats have ruined several careers by doing this. They pull players away from teams who plan on getting them healthy. Then toss them a year later when they have no options left. It’s disgusting.

  2. bubbybrisket says: Aug 4, 2014 10:41 AM

    I tend to avoid Hartsfield-Jackson because of Delta.

  3. cylondetector says: Aug 4, 2014 10:47 AM

    lol @ The Patriots cry-fest.

    Yeah I guess these guys are so p*ssed to get picked up by a team that competes for the SB every year – to work with the best coach ever.

  4. folkcrusader says: Aug 4, 2014 10:49 AM

    It does go to show you how valuable a starting quality offensive tackle is.

  5. wiley16350 says: Aug 4, 2014 11:01 AM

    The Pats have ruined several careers by doing this. They pull players away from teams who plan on getting them healthy. Then toss them a year later when they have no options left. It’s disgusting.
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    I have to ask, who are these “several players” that the Patriots ruined careers of by doing this? I know they attempted this same thing with Jake Ballard, outside of him, i’m not sure who else they tried this with. It would also be important for you to know that Jake Ballard is currently with the Cardinals and played for the Cardinals at the end of last season. Ended up catching a couple of TD’s. The Patriots released him because he still wasn’t healthy. Once he did get healthy towards the end of last season the Patriots were 1 of the teams that talked to him about signing. He signed with the Cardinals because they were able to do so sooner. Ballard still has a chance and if he doesn’t make it, it will not be because of what the Patriots did. It will be because he can’t get back to good enough health or isn’t good enough to stick on a roster.

  6. jchipwood says: Aug 4, 2014 11:04 AM

    You would think the pats would win the super bowl every year if they had the “best coach ever”.

  7. patsfan1820 says: Aug 4, 2014 11:04 AM

    I love how people only complain about it when the Patriots do it. The Jets did the same thing with Zach Sudfeld last year and there was no problem with it. There’s no such thing as unwritten rules that’s a stupid concept. If people think a guy is going to help them out and they are on waivers then anybody can claim him. Simple as that.

  8. vikesr4reel says: Aug 4, 2014 11:06 AM

    must have an extra supply of PED’s to use up!!

  9. hunternuts says: Aug 4, 2014 11:06 AM

    “Ruined several careers…”

    Really? Whose? The only guy I can remember this happening to was Jake Ballard. He was given every chance to come in, rehab, and compete for a spot, but he wasn’t ready. I’m pretty sure they had him in for another physical later in the season after he was cut but he still wasn’t ready. He finally caught on with the Cardinals. I’d really love to know how the Pats ruined his career.

  10. thestrategyexpert says: Aug 4, 2014 11:11 AM

    I don’t accept that the Panthers were trying to slide Gaffney to IR. I see it as they gave up on him and lost hope in him and decided he was a worthless prospect that they would only maybe save if absolutely every other team also agreed he was worthless. The Pats didn’t think it was his time to be cast away into the junk pile, so they threw him a lifeline. Hopefully Gaffney becomes a great player and sticks it to the Panthers for not respecting his worth as a potential player.

  11. garyridgway says: Aug 4, 2014 11:38 AM

    As a Hawk fan I just wish Bowie the best. He was a part time starter on our Super Bowl team and maybe this will motivate him to come back in shape. Obviously the Hawks were done with him, he didn’t show up in shape, and he had a real chance to start so this one is on Bowie. Plus it saved the Hawks about a half million dollars against the cap. Good luck Bowie.

  12. homelanddefense says: Aug 4, 2014 11:38 AM

    LOL at chipwood. Someone has to have been the best coach ever, and he didnt win every year either. Think about what you just wrote.

  13. thebirdofprey2 says: Aug 4, 2014 11:38 AM

    I am no GM but I believe Pete/John should have carried Michael Bowie on the 90 until they could put him on IR. They took a risk going this way that he could be claimed- even though he wasn’t a world beater as a rookie having a guy that could be LG/RG/RT solid enough that someone did claim him. My Seahawks have the deepest roster in NFL but the one group its thin is offensive line.

  14. smd28 says: Aug 4, 2014 11:40 AM

    You would think the pats would win the super bowl every year if they had the “best coach ever”

    Curious to know how many SB’s your coach has been too with his present team?

  15. mlblogschinmusic says: Aug 4, 2014 11:45 AM

    Bowie was expected to compete for the starting RT job and he showed up to camp overweight and out of shape and got hurt almost immediately. People think of Pete Carroll as a rah rah players’ coach but he’s actually pretty ruthless about cutting loose players he thinks aren’t fully committed to the program. He could have easily carried Bowie on the 90 man roster for a couple of weeks to protect him and decided he’d rather have another camp body instead.

  16. Bill Belitext says: Aug 4, 2014 11:45 AM

    Is this what our society has become? No wonder we are in the s-%t storm we are in. Every day there are large numbers of grown men crying about the Patriots on football sites. For a game that is supposed to be a mans game, seperating the men from the boys, all that tough guy machismo stuff, there sure appears to be a lot of 13 year old girls that love the NFL and hate the Patriots, just saying.

  17. granadafan says: Aug 4, 2014 11:50 AM

    Bad move, Seattle

  18. scrummymustard says: Aug 4, 2014 11:53 AM

    The jets didn’t do this last year with Sudfeld. Yes, they claimed him off waivers, but he wasn’t injured. Totally different situation.

    The Patriots just cut him 3 games into the season because they signed austin collie.

  19. spasticpickle says: Aug 4, 2014 11:54 AM

    I love how people only complain about it when the Patriots do it. The Jets did the same thing with Zach Sudfeld last year and there was no problem with it. There’s no such thing as unwritten rules that’s a stupid concept. If people think a guy is going to help them out and they are on waivers then anybody can claim him. Simple as that.
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    Not to nitpick, but the Patriots waived Sudfeld in the middle of the season before Gronk came back, and not because he was going to miss the season with an injury so they could stash him on IR. The Jets just claimed an able-bodied player off of waivers. That’s why no one had a problem with it.

  20. goodtimeiii says: Aug 4, 2014 11:58 AM

    “I love how people only complain about it when the Patriots do it. The Jets did the same thing with Zach Sudfeld last year and there was no problem with it.”

    Sudfeld was released in October not during training camp. How on Earth is that the same?

  21. oldcracker says: Aug 4, 2014 12:14 PM

    Sounds like the Browns finally have a legitimate GM after a decade or more of “wanna be’s.” Hopefully, their coaching staff will be legit, too.

    In Ray we trust.

  22. chalkruz1989 says: Aug 4, 2014 12:38 PM

    As long as its within the rules, I don’t have a problem with an organization making its team better.

  23. sweetnlow44 says: Aug 4, 2014 1:27 PM

    As a Seahawk fan, I see no problem with the way this played out at all. It worked out for all parties. If he had come into camp in shape and committed, the Seahawks probably would have kept him on their 90, and put him on IR and shelved him for next year. But he didn’t and it says a lot about the player for a team thin at O-line to potentially give away a guy who played significant time the previous year. Then again, Seattle’s O-line was pretty bad last year. And the Browns get a guy with some experience and can play as long as they can motivate him to get in shape.

  24. jolink653 says: Aug 4, 2014 1:53 PM

    Sudfield was released because he never showed the form he displayed in the preseason. The guy just couldn’t catch and wasn’t reliable, so he was cut.

    As for careers ruined, who exactly would you be referring to? They stash players on IR and have them compete for spots once those players are healthy next season. How are they to blame if those players can’t earn a roster spot? Teams know that it’s a gamble to expose someone to waivers to slide them through to IR. They have no one to blame but themselves if another team claims those players

  25. juliusanonymous says: Aug 4, 2014 2:38 PM

    Bill Belichick is the greatest coach in NFL history. To argue otherwise is to say that you know nothing about football. To have a decade-plus run of not only being relevant, but being a Superbowl contender year-in and year-out, regardless of roster, in the Salary Cap Era… just incredible. I only wish that my team will have a run of greatness like that for the next decade or two. Can’t imagine anything better as an NFL fan.

    Signed,
    Seahawks fan

  26. thefox61 says: Aug 4, 2014 3:05 PM

    There was NO violation of ANY kind, unwritten or not.
    The Seahawks know what they were doing. I highly doubt Carroll or Schnieder were trying “slip him through to injured reserve”. Pure speculation. Notice how the author never claims or cites any sources? Pure speculation. The Seahawks knew very well what they were doing when they cut Bowie.
    The Browns made a legitimate claim. Nothing else to see here. Let’s move along folks.

    Go Seahawks!

  27. scrummymustard says: Aug 4, 2014 3:12 PM

    Belichick is a great coach, but they play in the NFC east.

    They can walk into the division title every single year.

  28. scrummymustard says: Aug 4, 2014 3:13 PM

    AFC East*

  29. 6ball says: Aug 4, 2014 3:48 PM

    .
    @juliusanonymous

    You get it. As outstanding as the Seahawks were last year, they’re not going to win 5 in a row due to injuries, free agency etc.

    They do however have a solid nucleus which could make them a contender for a decade if properly managed and reinforced. Being in the hunt every year, with every game having playoff implications, is a fans Nirvana.

    Teams often make a Super Bowl appearance before disappearing into the 7-9 abyss. Being a legitimate contender for a decade is more difficult to achieve.
    .

  30. drunkwino says: Aug 4, 2014 3:50 PM

    “…He could have easily carried Bowie on the 90 man roster for a couple of weeks to protect him and decided he’d rather have another camp body instead.”

    That’s not always the case. There are coaches like Sean Payton who’s gone on record saying he tries to make the decision to keep or cut before the deadline, usually before other teams do. He says it’s to give guys a better chance to catch on somewhere else….in case some other team was iffy on a roster move but if they see a guy they’re interested in, it’s more likely that team will make a move to bring in the Saints cast off.

    It isn’t always about being an ultra-competive jerk. A little courtesy never hurts when you can afford it.

  31. realitycheckbaby says: Aug 4, 2014 4:07 PM

    As outstanding as the Seahawks were last year, they’re not going to win 5 in a row due to injuries, free agency etc.

    Four then?

    I could live with four.

  32. omeimontis says: Aug 4, 2014 5:21 PM

    John Schneider of the Sea Squawks, hailed as a genius after last season, has been revealed as an amateur. He allowed free agent after free agent to leave, cut Red Bryant, only to pay almost twice as much money to re-sign Michael Bennett. Now he tried to slip a tackle with NFL starting experience through waivers. Add to that a lousy draft as you have another defending Super Bowl champion missing the playoffs altogether the very next year.

  33. seadawgs72 says: Aug 4, 2014 5:27 PM

    I think trying to slip Bowie into the IR was a calculated risk. I’m sure management knew it probably wouldn’t happen but if so then, bonus. As for the O line not having much depth, i think they’ve addressed that too. With draft picks from the last 2 years along the few free agents they’ve picked up i believe the O line will be massively improved. Obviously this is just my opinion & is pure speculation. Can’t wait for the season to start so we can all find out. Go Hawks!!!

  34. juliusanonymous says: Aug 4, 2014 5:48 PM

    @6ball:

    The same thing that has led the Patriots to continued success will have the same impact in Seattle:

    Great coaching.

    Seattle actually has an advantage over New England in that they also have shown great ability to draft and develop talent. They’ve turned a LOT of late draft picks, undrafted free agents and CFL castoffs into Pro-Bowlers. That only happens due to coaching and having personnel people capable of finding the type of talent you look for. Schneider and Carroll work really dang well together, it’s been incredible really.

    All the “lost” free agents people moan about were already backups in Seattle and losing their spots to young guys. That’s the way it works in Seattle. Carroll is constantly churning the roster, and challenging the young guys to step up. Seattle’s the only team in the NFL to do it like that. And it’s shown up on the field.

    Every example I’ve read showing why Seattle might fail has compared them to teams who didn’t have the ability to continue drafting young talent and coaching it up, and who didn’t have a dynamic young franchise QB. With Schneider, Carroll and Wilson running the show, the Seahawks will be a contender for a long time. Just like the Pats. And I’m really looking forward to watching it unfold.

  35. seadawgs72 says: Aug 4, 2014 6:51 PM

    @omeimontis

    Yeah he’s an amateur alright because so many amateurs get a ring in their 4th year along with the literally hundreds of transactions that turned Seattle from a dumpster fire when he got there into the team they are today. Amateur? Whatever helps you sleep at night.

  36. rebosprj says: Aug 5, 2014 9:36 AM

    Winning percentage per division since 2002:

    AFC East: .525
    NFC East: .518
    NFC South: .515
    AFC South: .512
    AFC North: .509
    AFC West: .488
    NFC North: .480
    NFC West: .453

  37. darknyt74 says: Aug 5, 2014 4:14 PM

    @juliusanonymous

    You are kind of making the point for 6ball. It’s not just about the players. Once a team has success coaches start leaving – coordinators become head coaches, scouts become GMs, and position coaches become offensive/defensive coordinators for other teams. The talent evaluators and development people that are successful for the Seahawks now will get promotions by going to other teams in the next 2-3 years. There is no way to keep it all together.
    The challenge is remaining in contention for 14 years with all of those changing variables. Love em or hate em the Patriots have been the most successful team in the salary cap era to do that.

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