The Jacksonville Jaguars signed linebacker Alvin Bowen to a contract, the club announced today. Linebacker Freddy Keiaho was placed on injured reserve.
Bowen, 6-1, 222, has spent time with Buffalo, Washington and Seattle. He played in the Seahawks' first preseason game last week before he was waived on August 17. He was originally a fifth-round draft pick of the Bills in 2008 and suffered a season-ending knee injury as a rookie in the preseason.
In 2009, Bowen opened the season on the Bills practice squad before he was waived on September 22. He was signed to the Redskins practice squad two days later where he spent 10 weeks before he was promoted to the active roster on November 30.
Bowen was a two-time All-Big 12 first-team selection at Iowa State. He led the team in tackles his final two seasons with 99 tackles as a senior and a career-high 155 tackles as a junior. He began his career at Garden City Community College in Kansas before transferring to Iowa State as a sophomore.
A native of East Orange, New Jersey, Bowen attended Montclair High School in New Jersey. He led the team to a state title as a senior where he ran for 213 yards in the championship game.
Bowen will wear number 54.