Yes, Bradley Sowell is now a Seattle Seahawk and not a member of the Arizona Cardinals, but while he was still in town, he spoke about the decision to sign with the enemy. It was tough for him to leave the team and a coaching staff that taught him a lot, but the opportunity to start was what he ultimately wanted and he will have a shot in Seattle.
Speaking to NBC Sports 1060's Ed Cole, Sowell said "it took a lot for me to leave Arizona, because I love this place, but just all the stuff they were selling, and the way I feel like I fit there, I just felt like it was time for me to go."
Although it was originally reported he got a one-year contract worth $1.5 million, his deal is one year for $1 million. He was given a $200,00 signing bonus. It is definitely possible he could make another $500,000 in incentives.
Sowell said the Cardinals were "aggressive" in trying to retain him and "made an offer a long time ago."
However, with Jared Veldheer and D.J. Humphries already here, he was not likely going to ever be more than a backup.
"I wanted a chance to see if there was another team who needed a tackle, and it so happened to be that Seattle was going to lose their left tackle (Russell Okung), and that's what I've wanted to play," he explained. "From a business side, it was a smart decision for me. Obviously, you don't want to leave this place, because you've been with this coaching staff for four years, but at the same time, it comes down to my career, and I think that's what's best for me."
Now he gets to battle Garry Gilliam for the starting left tackle job.
Cardinals fans know about Sowell at left tackle. He started 12 games in 2013 after Levi Brown was traded. The sack numbers went down when Sowell got in the lineup, but he struggled in both pass protection and in the running game.
Clearly Seattle is a better career move. If he can win the starting job, he can make millions of dollars more after the season. But It will be fun to see Chandler Jones or Markus Golden line up against him. I think we know how that will go for Russell Wilson.