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Seahawks’ Pete Carroll expects Mychal Kendricks to play in 2019

Seattle Seahawks coach Pete Carroll expects that Mychal Kendricks will be able to play this year even though he has a prison sentence hanging over his head.

Kendricks pleaded guilty to insider trading last September and could be facing 30 to 37 months in prison, although it’s unclear if that’s how long he will actually have to serve. Kendricks sentencing has been postponed several times so at this point it’s unclear when the sentence will actually be handed down.

Even with that over his head, Carroll still thinks Kendricks will be helping the Seahawks during the 2019 season.

“We do expect him to be on the team this year,” Carroll said Tuesday as the Seahawks began their mandatory minicamp via ESPN.

“There’s not much that I can say that’s going to be proper at this time,” Carroll said. “Everything’s moving along and he’s real optimistic about how things are going. But really not too much to report. I can’t tell you much more than that.”

Kendricks is under contract for one year but it’s a very team friendly deal. It’s worth up to $4.5 million but has no guaranteed money, and no signing bonus so if he would get sentenced to prison time the Seahawks wouldn’t lose out on any money.

If Kendricks is available this season, the linebacker position is going to be a real strength for this team. They re-signed K.J. Wright, Bobby Wagner, Barkevious Mingo. This would be a very good problem for the Seahawks to have heading into the 2019 season.