Cleveland Browns: Linebacker becomes strength with Mychal Kendricks signing
By Randy Gurzi
The Cleveland Browns linebacker depth is pretty solid now as they have come to terms with Mychal Kendricks, formerly of the Philadelphia Eagles
The great offseason for the Cleveland Browns just keeps getting better. In the past when big name free agents hit the market, it was a pipe dream they would consider Cleveland.
Now, they’ve started to land them with the latest being linebacker Mychal Kendricks.
Visiting with the team earlier this week, Kendricks made his decision to join the Browns Sunday on a one-year deal. The move was first reported by NFL Insider Ian Rapoport.
Kendricks had also been drawing attention from the Oakland Raiders and the Minnesota Vikings. Minnesota especially seemed as though it would be appealing to him as his brother Eric Kendrics plays there and the two could have joined forces.
Instead he teams up with Jamie Collins and Christian Kirksey, which makes the position a huge strength of their roster.
Kendricks had spent his entire career with the Philadelphia Eagles, after they drafted him in the second round of the 2012 NFL Draft out of Cal. He played there for six seasons and had 459 career tackles with 14 sacks, three picks and 26 pass defenses.
For some reason the Eagles seemed ready to move on from him for the past few seasons, but Kendricks kept playing well. Last season he recorded 77 tackles with two sacks and was graded out as the No. 9 SAM linebacker according to Pro Football Focus with a grade of 86.0.
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While Kendricks is tough against the run, he’s also a plus defender against the pass, which is an area the Browns needed to improve.
UPDATE: Mary Kay Cabot of Cleveland.com now says Kendrick has not signed with the Browns.
While this signing would have been good, it looks like for now it’s still just a hope.
Update again: Looks like it’s official this time. Kendrick will join the Browns on a one-year deal.