The Kendricks signing is not without some concern, as just last week the linebacker pleaded guilty to charges of insider trading. He was immediately released from Cleveland, where he had signed a one-year contract in the offseason. They spoke to the AP on the condition of anonymity because the team had not announced the signing. NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reported that Kendricks visited with Seattle on Thursday.
Kendricks, who was released by the Browns after he pleaded guilty this month to federal charges, has agreed to a one-year deal with the Seahawks and is expected to play Monday night, per Adam Schefter of ESPN. The Seahawks have yet to confirm the Kendricks signing and this story is continuing to develop. Browns GM John Dorsey indicated Kendricks lied to the team about his role and involvement in the insider trading scam after the team him as a free agent in the spring.
National Football League spokesman Brian McCarthy said the situation is under review and Kendricks is now allowed to sign and participate in activities, including games.
Kendricks, who was released by the Cleveland Browns immediately after his indictment on August 29, is considered as a better option than rookie Shaquem Griffin in the position. He recorded 14 sacks, three interceptions and five fumble recoveries in that span.
Sonoiki received Eagles tickets and other items as kickbacks from Kendricks, prosecutors said.
Kendricks was indicted along with "Black-ish" TV writer Damilare Sonoiki, a Harvard educated former investment banker. "I am committed to repaying all of the funds gained illegally and accept the consequences of my actions".