Mayowa signed a one-year contract with the Raiders on Friday, Matt Schneidman of The San Jose Mercury News reports. This deal can eclipse $3 million if Mayowa hits certain incentives. Mayowa had a respectable 2018 season with 38 tackles and four sacks over 15 games with the Cardinals. He'll initially slot in behind Josh Mauro at defensive end with the Raiders.
Mayowa is listed as questionable for Sunday's tilt against the Seahawks due to back and neck injuries, Gregg Bell of TheNewsTribune.com reports. Mayowa was unable to practice throughout the week after apparently suffering back and neck injuries in a loss to the Rams this past Sunday. Starting defensive end Chandler Jones could see a major workload Sunday if Mayowa and Markus Golden (ankle) are kept to the sideline.
Mayowa had three solo tackles, a sack and a forced fumble in Sunday's 31-9 loss to the Rams. Mayowa made his presence known early, as he jarred the ball loose from QB Jared Goff less than three minutes into the game. The 27-year-old played 24 of 68 defensive snaps Sunday while serving in a rotational role at defensive end.
Mayowa tallied two tackles and one sack during Sunday's loss to the Chiefs. Mayowa came up with a big sack on quarterback Patrick Mahomes, but he otherwise didn't do much to help stop the Chiefs' high-powered offense. That sack also marked his first since Week 2, and since that point, Mayowa has been averaging just 2.7 tackles per game. In other words, don't look to him for IDP production.
The Cowboys released Mayowa (back) on Wednesday, Field Yates of ESPN reports. The 26-year-old was set to enter the final season of his three-year, $8.25 million contract, a price Dallas wasn't willing to pay for a rotational end who struggled to make an impact in 2017. Though he saw his sack total drop from six in 2016 to just one a season ago, Mayowa's extensive experience in his five NFL campaigns shouldn't make it too difficult for him to find work somewhere this offseason.