Seahawks on verge of signing linebacker Mychal Kendricks

Tanya Simon
September 16, 2018

Not only is Seattle signing Kendricks, he is expected to play for the team on Monday night against the Chicago Bears, per Schefter.

The Seahawks announced Friday they have signed the former Eagles and Browns linebacker. While Seattle is signing Kendricks to bolster its depth at linebacker, it's unclear how long he may be able to play for the Seahawks as the National Football League has yet to impose any discipline.

Despite the fact that Kendricks is facing up to 25 years in prison, the Seattle Seahawks made a decision to host the talented linebacker for a visit after many presumed that his career would be over following the charges. The Seahawks have yet to confirm the Kendricks signing and this story is continuing to develop. And while that's notable in and of itself, what's even more notable is why he is available in the first place - he was released by the Cleveland Browns after he was charged with insider trading, something he pled guilty to last week.

Kendricks pled guilty before a federal judge earlier this month and faces up to 25 years in prison, with sentencing scheduled for December. Per Schefter, his sentencing has now been pushed back to January, leaving Kendricks available for the regular season.

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Kendricks was receiving insider information from "Black-ish" tv writer Damilare Sonoiki, while providing him $10,000 in cash as well as Eagles tickets.

National Football League spokesman Brian McCarthy said the situation is under review and Kendricks is now allowed to sign and participate in activities, including games. He spent the previous six seasons with the Eagles, who selected him in the second round of 2012 NFL Draft.

On Aug. 29, both men were indicted on one count of conspiracy to commit securities fraud and one count of securities fraud.

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