When the Oakland Raiders tendered back-up defensive end Benson Mayowa a contract at the end of the season, it's safe to assume they were hoping to have him back. When the Dallas Cowboys offered Mayowa a three-year deal worth $8.25 million ($3.3 million guaranteed), the Raiders decided they didn't want him back that badly, a decision announced on Twitter by Mayowa's agent:
It's official. Benson Mayowa @bensonmayowa10 is now a Cowboy! @dallascowboys pic.twitter.com/B7fbcXadUS— Reign Sports (@SportsManagers) March 22, 2016
Mayowa, who was undrafted out of college, played in 28 games for the Raiders over the past two seasons but started just three of them. In those games, he totaled two sacks and 23 total tackles.
While a nice piece to have for depth purposes, the thought of giving him over $2.5 million a year seems like a steep investment in a guy who hadn't earned a starting job after three years in the league. With the arrival of Bruce Irvin as a pass rusher and the opportunity to add more depth through the draft, General Manager Reggie McKenzie obviously saw this as an instance of when a player's cost officially exceeded his value.