The Dallas Cowboys signed restricted free agent Benson Mayowa to an offer sheet Friday as expected after he passed his physical, according to sources. The Oakland Raiders have until 11 p.m. CT Wednesday to match the three-year offer worth up to $8.55 million with the last year voidable.
The Cowboys will not owe the Raiders compensation if Oakland doesn’t match the offer.
Mayowa, who is 6-foot-3 and 252 pounds, has only three starts and two sacks in 30 games over three NFL seasons. But the Cowboys hope the best football lies ahead for the 24-year-old.
Mayowa went undrafted out of the University of Idaho in 2013 before signing a free-agent contract with the Seattle Seahawks. He was waived in camp before the 2014 season and was picked up on waivers by the Raiders, with whom he spent the past two seasons.
The Cowboys are in desperate need at defensive end with Randy Gregory suspended for the first four games, DeMarcus Lawrence coming off back surgery, and Jack Crawford, Jeremy Mincey and Greg Hardy unsigned as unrestricted free agents.
The Cowboys expressed interest in Adrian Clayborn before he re-signed with the Atlanta Falcons. They had Chris Long scheduled to visit this week before he chose to sign with the Patriots after a visit there.