SUNDAY, 5:01pm: The Browns announced they have claimed Bowie off waivers, tweets Nate Ulrich of the Akron Beacon Journal.
SATURDAY, 5:50pm: The Seahawks have placed Bowie on waivers with the injured designation, the tweet announced (via Twitter).
5:28pm: The Seahawks have waived injured offensive lineman Michael Bowie, tweets Bob Condotta of The Seattle Times. The second-year player was battling a nagging shoulder injury that coach Pete Carroll deemed “significant” (according to a tweet from Brian McIntyre).
The 22-year-old was selected in the seventh round of the 2013 draft and was forced to contribute immediately. With significant injuries on the offensive line, Bowie ultimately started eight games during his rookie season. The offensive tackle proved to be a steal for the Seahawks, as Pro Football Focus’ advanced metrics (subscription required) ranked him as the team’s most productive lineman in 2013. Bowie excelled at run blocking, where he finished as Pro Football Focus’ 12th-best tackle in the league.
With that kind of production, why would the Seahawks risk letting him go? In a follow-up tweet, Condotta stated that some within the organization “were not happy with the shape Bowie showed up in last spring.” The team will now rely on veteran Eric Winston, who joined the team earlier this week.