Dolphins bring Malik McDowell in for a tryout

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The Miami Dolphins are bringing in former second-round defensive tackle Malik McDowell for a tryout, according to Field Yates of

McDowell has never played a single snap of football in the NFL – preseason or regular season – since being selected with the No. 35 overall pick of the 2017 NFL Draft by the Seattle Seahawks.

Prior to training camp that season, McDowell was injured in an ATV accident that left him with a serious concussion, facial injuries and more. He did not report to the team for the start of training camp and remained on the non-football injury for the entire season. While away from the team, McDowell was arrested for disorderly conduct at an Atlanta bar.

McDowell was released and moved to the non-football injury list for a second straight season in 2018 before the team officially cut ties altogether in March, 2019. He visited the Dallas Cowboys soon after with his agent, Drew Rosenhaus, declaring that McDowell had been cleared to return to football. Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll said multiple times that their doctors would not clear him to play.

The Seahawks would sue McDowell for not repaying his signing bonus due to the accident that kept him off the field. McDowell then ran into more legal problems as he would be arrested on charges of assault and resisting arrest, operating a vehicle while intoxicated, and receiving and concealing stolen property.

McDowell was sentenced to 11 months in prison with three years of probation for the incidents.

11 responses to “Dolphins bring Malik McDowell in for a tryout

  1. It seems like he a few 2nd chances already. I’m all for 2nd chances, but I’m against extra 2nd chances. They don’t deserve it. Playing in the NFL is a privilege.

  2. In other words, McDowell is broke and needs to sucker another team for a bunch of money. I can’t believe anyone can be crazy enough to sign this guy after what he did to the Seahawks–and remember, the Seahawks are considering signing AB….that should tell you how much of a head-case McDowell is.

  3. The 2017 draft was just bad karma for Miami. That was the same draft the Fins selected Charles Harris, Raekwon McMillan, Cordrea Tankersley, and Isaac Asiata with their top 4 picks. Ouch!

  4. If sober, healthy, and beyond his issues……he might be worth looking at to see if he can contribute to the team or even potentially has a future career in the NFL. If they pass on him, it’s over.

  5. josh plum says:
    October 22, 2020 at 11:19 am
    One of John Schneider’s many busts. It’s why he happily traded a first for Adams


    Yes, this is the GM that simply cannot build winning teams. I mean sheesh, 8+ years straight of winning, 7 of 8 playoffs, 2 SB’s, and an undefeated team so far this season. Yep, John Schneider racks up the busts…. Good grief.

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