Seahawks sign troubled LB Kendricks

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The Seattle Seahawks officially announced the signing of linebacker Mychal Kendricks on Friday, more than a week after he pled guilty to insider trading.

Seattle was in need of linebacker help with middle linebacker Bobby Wagner battling a groin injury and outside linebacker K.J. Wright in jeopardy of missing his second straight game due to a knee injury.

Kendricks was available after the Cleveland Browns released him in August as his legal issues increased.

Earlier this month, Kendricks pled guilty before a federal judge and faces up to 25 years in prison, with sentencing scheduled for December.

Kendricks, who turns 28 later this month, admitted before a federal judge in Philadelphia that he swapped cash, NFL tickets and access to parties with a Wall Street-connected associate for non-public, market-shifting information.

Prosecutors said Kendricks netted close to $1.2 million in profits off the trading during his two-year arrangement with a former Goldman Sachs (NYSE:) analyst.

Kendricks appeared in 85 games (74 starts) with the Philadelphia Eagles from 2012-17. He recorded 14 sacks, three interceptions and five fumble recoveries in that span.

Kendricks was part of Philadelphia’s the Super Bowl-winning team last season. He was released in May.

He was a second-round selection out of Cal in 2012.

–Field Level Media

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