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Seahawks sign Mychal Kendricks while he awaits sentencing for insider trading felony

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Sometimes you just can’t make things up. The Seattle Seahawks are adding some linebacker depth, signing Mychal Kendricks to a one-year contract, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter. Kendricks is expected to play on Monday when they face the Chicago Bears.

Kendricks is a talented linebacker, but there is one slight problem. He pled guilty to insider trading, and faces jail time. His sentencing date is January 24, and sentencing guidelines suggest 30-37 months of jail time, according to Schefter. His guilty plea might get him less, but it is safe to say he’s headed to prison for at least a little bit of time. That sentencing date is four days after the NFC title game, but I don’t think any of us expect the Seahawks to be playing for a chance to go to the Super Bowl.

There is no word yet on if he faces a suspension from the NFL. Although this is a “white collar crime,” it would fall squarely in the confines of the personal conduct policy. The NFL has no real clue what it is doing with punishment, so I don’t think any of us can predict how long Kendricks might eventually be suspended. The NFL pretends to care about image issues, but I really don’t know how this plays out.

Amidst all of this is how quickly the Seahawks took care of this deal. We had the first reports of a visit earlier this afternoon, and it took no time for reports of a signing. It’s not surprising, but it still leaves me shaking my head.