Browns giving troubled DT Malik McDowell a second chance

The Browns on May 3 officially announced signing undrafted defensive tackle Marvin Wilson from Florida State along with four other undrafted rookies.

The Browns also decided to take a chance on a troubled defensive tackle who hasn’t played in a football game since 2016 when he was at Michigan State.

Malik McDowell, 6-foot-6, 299 pounds, was a second-round draft pick by the Seattle Seahawks in 2017. He suffered a serious head injury in an ATV accident before his first training camp and was placed on the reserve/did not report list.

McDowell was arrested on a DUI charge in September of 2017 and a disorderly conduct charge three months later. He missed all of 2018 on Seattle’s reserve/non-football injury list.

McDowell had other brushes with the law that hampered his return to football. He got into a scuffle with police and was charged with assault, resisting arrest, and operating a vehicle while intoxicated on Feb. 18, 2019. The Seahawks released him two weeks later. McDowell’s criminal behavior continued.

One month after the Seahawks released him, police arrested McDowell for receiving and concealing stolen property when they found a stolen car in his possession. He pleaded guilty in November 2019 and was sentenced to 11 months in prison.

The Browns always talk about wanting high character players, but they are obviously willing to give McDowell a second chance.

“We are certainly aware of Malik’s past, as we have done extensive work on…

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