Two Seattle Seahawks starting linebackers popped up on the injury report as non-participants in practice on Thursday, so the team is turning to the outside for help against the Bears this Monday.
ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports the Seahawks are signing free agent linebacker Mychal Kendricks to a one-year contract. It will be a quick turnaround for Kendricks, who visited with the Seahawks on Thursday, came away with a deal the same day, and is expected to play right away. Kendricks signed a free agent deal with the Browns during the offseason, but was released after news he was facing federal charges of insider trading surfaced. (Yes, seriously.)
Pleading guilty to these federal charges is serious business. Kendricks could face up to 25 years in prison. But because sentences tend to be shorter for something like this, Schefter guesses that Kendricks could face 30-37 months in prison. We’ll probably know more about the punishment on January 24, 2019, when Kendricks is scheduled to be sentenced.
Kendricks spent the first six years of his career with the Philadelphia Eagles, where he racked up 338 tackles, 14 sacks, 6 forced fumbles, 5 fumble recoveries, and 3 interceptions. The Eagles parted ways with Kendricks, who was part of their Super Bowl winning team in 2017 and started 74 of the 85 games he appeared in his career.
In Kendricks, the Seahawks get an experienced starter whom they believe can adapt quickly and provide a positive impact on the defensive side of the ball. Seattle could use all the help it could get there after allowing 470 yards of total offense against the Broncos, which happened to be the fifth-highest total in Week 1.