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Mychal Kendricks signs $4 million deal with Seahawks

Mychal Kendricks, Seahawks

The Seattle Seahawks have been very quiet in free agency. Other than kicker Jason Myers, the team hasn’t really brought in anybody from outside the organization. But they’re working hard to re-sign their own guys, and are bringing back linebacker Mychal Kendricks.

Kendricks is re-signing with Seattle on a one-year deal, according to Tom Pelissero of NFL Network. In a separate tweet, Mike Garafolo of NFL Network notes the pact will be worth around $4 million. It’s a significant chunk of change for Kendricks, but he’d likely be set to earn a lot more if not for his legal troubles.

Kendricks, of course, is still facing federal charges over allegations of insider trading. Kendricks was allegedly involved in a scheme where he was provided with insider stock tips. Kendricks is facing sentencing next month, and it’s unclear what type of sentence he’s looking at. It’s quite possible that he’s sentenced to real prison time and won’t be able to play next season. Kendricks was suspended eight games by the league last year.

Kendricks originally signed with the Cleveland Browns last offseason, but Cleveland cut him when he was arrested. He landed in Seattle, and ended up playing pretty well when he was on the field. He only appeared in four games before his season was ended by a broken tibia.

He’s still only 28, and capable of being a very productive player. If he’s able to avoid jail time and play the entire 2019 season, this will turn out to be a very good signing for the Seahawks. It’s a relatively low risk deal, since Kendricks won’t be paid anything if he isn’t able to play.

In four games with Seattle last season, he had 19 tackles and two sacks. He had spent the first six seasons of his career as a full-time starter with the Philadelphia Eagles.