Waiving Michael Bowie sent message

RENTON, Wash. -- The Seattle Seahawks sent a message Saturday in waiving offensive tackle Michael Bowie:

If you come to camp overweight, out of shape and not ready to play, head on down the road.

Bowie started eight games last season as a rookie, forced to step in when right tackle Breno Giacomini was injured. It was a bit of a baptism by fire for Bowie, taking his lumps against some of the best defensive ends in the NFL.

But Giacomini signed with the New York Jets and Bowie was expected to compete with rookie Justin Britt for the starting job at right tackle. That didn’t happen. Bowie wasn’t in shape and reinjured his shoulder on the first day of camp.

The Seahawks signed veteran tackle Eric Winston last week, who came in ready to play, in great shape and able to show what he could do immediately. That meant the end for Bowie.

The Seahawks waived him injured. They might have brought him back had he cleared waivers, but the fact that they were willing to risk it showed he wasn't a high priority to keep.

However, the trend of other teams wanting the players Seattle lets go is continuing this season. The Cleveland Browns claimed Bowie off waivers, even though he will need shoulder surgery and possibly miss the entire 2014 season.

The Dallas Cowboys signed defensive end Kenneth Boatright last week, a player the Seahawks released in June.