Report: Seahawks re-sign Mychal Kendricks, who awaits felony insider trader sentencing

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The <a class="link rapid-noclick-resp" href="/nfl/teams/seattle/" data-ylk="slk:Seattle Seahawks">Seattle Seahawks</a> like <a class="link rapid-noclick-resp" href="/nfl/players/25756/" data-ylk="slk:Mychal Kendricks">Mychal Kendricks</a> enough to reportedly sign him to a new deal despite pending sentencing for insider trading. (AP)
The Seattle Seahawks like Mychal Kendricks enough to reportedly sign him to a new deal despite pending sentencing for insider trading. (AP)

There’s a chance Mychal Kendricks will be in prison this fall.

If not, he’ll return to the Seattle Seahawks.

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NFL Network reports that the linebacker has signed a one-year deal for $4 million to remain in Seattle.

Kendricks faces sentencing for insider trading

Kendricks pleaded guilty last September to insider trading charges that could land him in prison and prompted the Cleveland Browns to cut him.

A week later, the Seahawks signed him to a one-year deal. Kendricks played three games before the NFL slapped him with an eight-game suspension for insider trading.

Kendricks returned for Week 14 against the Minnesota Vikings, but ended up suffering a season-ending knee injury in that game.

Seahawks wanted him back

Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll said after the news of Kendricks’ knee injury that the team wanted him back for next season.

“It’s just been such a difficult season for Mych, my heart goes out to him,” Carroll told reporters. “He wants to be part of this thing so badly, but he doesn’t get to this time around. We’ll look forward to getting him back next time and being with us.”

It turns out Carroll was serious.

What will his sentence be?

Kendricks was initially slated to be sentenced in January, but the hearing got pushed to April 4.

Reports of Kendricks’ potential sentence vary wildly from house arrest to up to 25 years in prison. He pleaded guilty to profiting $1.2 million in the insider trading scheme.

We won’t know for sure until he’s actually sentenced. Neither will the Seahawks. But they apparently like the seven-year veteran enough to take this chance on him.

There is no word on how his contract addresses the potential that he may not be available to play.

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