Before Friday’s practice, the Cleveland Browns announced that they have placed OT Michael Bowie on the reserve/retired list. That’s a fancy way of saying that Bowie has decided to retire, but since he’s under contract, if he decides to come back, Cleveland would still have the rights to him.
Bowie had a lot of hype surrounding him when the Browns claimed him off waivers from the Seahawks in 2014, but an injury kept him out all season. Buying in to the hype, I thought he would legitimately compete for a starting role during 2015’s training camp, but he was so underwhelming that he never even came close to cracking the first-team offense. The same was true this year, as he was probably fifth or sixth on the depth chart at offensive tackle.
Taking Bowie’s roster spot is DL Kenton Adeyemi (6-3, 279 lbs) out of Connecticut. Adeyemi signed with the Chicago Bears this year as an undrafted free agent, but was waived by the team in mid-June. According to our Connecticut affiliate in an interview with our Bears affiliate, Adeyemi has most-recently been a 5-technique player:
In his final two years, Adeyemi was playing that exact role in the 3-4 defense new head coach Bob Diaco installed. Before that, he was a rotational DT in a 4-3. He definitely has some versatility in terms of responsibilities on the line, but he's a good fit in the 5-technique and has the most playing experience there.