Despite pleading guilty to insider trading, former Cleveland Browns linebacker Mychal Kendricks signed a one-year deal with Seattle
His time with the Cleveland Browns was cut incredibly short due to his involvement in insider trading, but Mychal Kendricks will still play in 2018. Signed after his release from the Philadelphia Eagles, Kendricks was supposed to give the Browns one of the best linebacker corps in the NFL.
Then out of nowhere, it was discovered he took part in insider trading and would be facing jail time. To his credit, Kendricks has owned the mistake and is willing to accept responsibility for his action.
Cleveland promptly released Kendricks and he’s since pled guilty and is reportedly facing some serious time in jail. That doesn’t mean he won’t play in 2018.
Despite knowing he could be sentenced, the Seattle Seahawks signed Kendricks to a one-year deal according to Adam Schefter of ESPN.
He could play as early as this Monday when the Seahawks face the Chicago Bears.
On the field, Kendricks is a great addition to a defense. He can play any linebacker spot and had 77 tackles and two sacks for the Eagles last season. He was a big part of their defense during their championship run and their decision to release him was a financial one rather than any indication of his play.
It’s an interesting dynamic as Seattle shows they’re willing to look past his pending sentence and try and get help on the field now. With how long some cases drag on, he might even get to play for most of this season.
I’m not sure there was ever such a situation before. The Browns were well within their rights to cut Kendricks and it seems odd that the Seahawks would make this move, but that doesn’t mean it’s not a story to watch.