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Mychal Kendricks agrees to one-year deal with Seahawks

Mychal Kendricks, Browns

Notwithstanding a legal trouble that could lead to a lengthy jail time, linebacker Mychal Kendricks is on the verge of making a return to NFL action.

Field Yates of ESPN earlier reported that Kendricks had visited the Seahawks on Thursday.

A few hours later, Adam Schefter of ESPN followed up with a report of his own, stating that the Seahawks are signing Kendricks to a one-year contract.

Kendricks is the same player who pleaded guilty to an insider trading charge two weeks ago. Kendricks allegedly made investments on business enterprises back in 2014 based on information illegally shared by former Goldman Sachs employee turned TV writer Damilare Sonoiki. The scheme reportedly earned Kendricks $1.2 million worth of profits.

Mychal Kendricks could face 8-12 months in prison when his sentencing comes this December. He could have been looking at a 25-year jail time, but he’s likely to get a much shorter one thanks to his decision to admit guilt. In any case, the Seahawks choice to sign a player who is dealing with a legal issue surely raises plenty of eyebrows.

Kendricks, who was released by the Cleveland Browns immediately after his indictment on Aug. 29, is considered as a better option than rookie Shaquem Griffin in the position. Griffin started and struggled last week against the Denver Broncos.

Kendricks played 15 games for the Philadelphia Eagles last year, finishing the 2017 season with 2.0 sacks and 15 tackles.