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Browns DT Malik McDowell arrested in Florida

McDowell’s redemption story comes crashing down.

NFL: NOV 21 Lions at Browns Photo by Frank Jansky/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

The redemption story for DT Malik McDowell had so much promise. Now, it’s all come crashing back down. According to the South Florida Sun-Sentinel, police received a call that McDowell was walking naked near a school. When a deputy arrived, McDowell reportedly assaulted the officer, which was “allegedly a ‘violent attack’ that left the deputy ‘dazed.’” He has now been taken into custody.

After being a second round pick by the Seahawks in 2017, he never played a snap in the NFL due to several off-the-field incidents. The Browns took a flier on him this offseason, and he impressed so much that he made the team’s 53-man roster and was a starter from Week 1 onward. He finished the year with 30 tackles and 3 sacks in 15 games.

McDowell was on a one-year deal last year, and was set to be an exclusive-rights free agent. Cleveland would have no doubt tendered him, given his level of production — but with this incident, there’s virtually no chance that he’ll be retained or receive another shot in the NFL.