Report: Seahawks to release Malik McDowell in 'near future'

FILE -- Seahawks fans tailgate and brace for a rainy home game opener as the Seattle Seahawks play the San Francisco 49ers at CenturyLink Field. (Sy Bean / Seattle Refined)

Malik McDowell, Seattle's top pick in the 2017 draft, is soon to be a former Seahawk, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport.

"The #Seahawks have not yet cleared 2017 2nd round pick DT Malik McDowell, and source said they are expected to release him in the near future," Rapoport tweeted Monday afternoon. "The hope is that another team will medically clear him."

Drafted with the 35th overall pick out of Michigan State, McDowell suffered a serious concussion during an ATV accident in July and missed the entire 2017 season after being place on the non-football injury list.

In December, McDowell was arrested in Atlanta for disorderly conduct following two altercations at SL Lounge. He was released on bond shortly after the arrest and later released a statement apologizing for his actions. Seattle coach Pete Carroll said McDowell was "very remorseful" in the team's meeting with him following the arrest.

Updates on McDowell's medical status were murky at best throughout the year and Carroll again had no update at the NFL scouting combine in March.

"Nothing new," Carroll said. "He's got a process he's going through. We get information rarely, in his case. But there will be some time (when) we'll hear more."

McDowell's accident and subsequent absence from the field led to Seattle's acquisition of Sheldon Richardson. The Seahawks send a second-round pick, seventh-round pick and Jermaine Kearse to the Jets for Richardson and a seventh-round draft pick. Richardson produced mixed results in his only season with Seattle, then left for a one-year deal in Minnesota as an unrestricted free agent. is a media partner of KOMO News. Click here to read this story on

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