Philadelphia Eagles: Mychal Kendricks joins the Seattle Seahawks

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After (presumably) gambling his NFL career away with an insider-trading conviction, ex-Philadelphia Eagles LB Mychal Kendricks has signed with the Seahawks.

Wait, what?

When news broke that ex-Philadelphia Eagles and then-current Cleveland Browns linebacker Mychal Kendricks had been indicted for insider trading, a charge that dated all the way back to 2013, it looks like the former Angry Bird’s football career was effectively over.

Within hours, not days of the announcement, the lowly Browns formally released the seventh-year linebacker, and it’s just like that, a promising career was effectively over.

But that’s what makes this tweet by Adam Schefter all the more.

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With a post-Legion of Boom defense struggling to find a new identity, the Seattle Seahawks have decided to bolster their linebacking corps with arguably the best player technically still on the market.


According to Shafter, the team fully intend to start Kendricks alongside four-time Pro Bowl incumbent Bobby Wagner on Monday night about against the Chicago Bears, a surprisingly quick turnaround seeing as Kendrick has been on the street for all of September.

But what does this mean for the Eagles moving forward? Honestly, nothing really, as the team isn’t slated to play Seattle this year, and based on their performances thus far it seems incredibly unlikely that the two would face off in the playoffs.

However, this does put the NFL in an interesting predicament.

In the hours leading up Kendricks’ initial release, many speculated as to if and how the league would punish Kendricks, as at the time they did not have a punishment system in place for white collar crimes. By releasing Kendricks, both the Browns and the NFL avoided having to deal with the NFLPA office and any sort of lawsuit for suspending a player without just cuss, but now both Seattle and Roger Goodell may have to reopen said case.

Though he may start Week 2, is it possible Kendricks’ already abbreviated probably final NFL campaign could be shortened even more thanks to an additional suspension?

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It’s possible, but at this point who cares? With Kendricks in line to face 30-37 months in federal prison, this almost certainly will serve as the final chapter in the now 27-year-old linebackers NFL career. Sure, he said some mean stuff about the Eagles while still a member of the Browns, but Mychal Kendricks was a big reason why the Eagles won the Superbowl last year, and I personally see no problem with him ending his career actually on the field on his own terms