In what appears to be a pretty strange transaction, the Cleveland Browns have signed Michael Bowie, who was waived injured by the Seattle Seahawks. Bowie is expected to be out 4-6 months with an injured shoulder according to the Seattle Times.
Pete Carroll reportedly called the shoulder injury “significant,” but that remains to be seen. I would call an injury significant too if I wanted my guy to pass through waivers.
When a player is waived injured it is usually an indication that the team believes he’ll pass through so they can put him on injured reserve. The Browns, in turn, must have thought they had a real steal on their hands to grab Bowie and keep him around via roster spot until the first roster cut-down.
Here I come Cleveland!
— Michael Bowie (@73likebo) August 3, 2014
The cool thing for the Browns is that they get to control a potential starting offensive tackle for 2015 and 2016 for a grand total of just over $1.2 million. Bowie started eight games for the Seahawks including seven at tackle and one at guard. He also graded out at Pro Football Focus at a +7.1 as they raved about his run blocking.
Now, if the Browns could scout some stud receivers that might get cut soon…