Notwithstanding a legal trouble that could lead to a lengthy jail time, linebacker Mychal Kendricks is on the verge of making a return to National Football League action.
Kendricks is the same player who pleaded guilty to an insider trading charge two weeks ago.
Despite the fact that Kendricks is facing up to 25 years in prison, the Seattle Seahawks made a decision to host the talented linebacker for a visit after many presumed that his career would be over following the charges.
The Seahawks announced Friday they have signed the former Eagles and Browns linebacker. And while that's notable in and of itself, what's even more notable is why he is available in the first place - he was released by the Cleveland Browns after he was charged with insider trading, something he pled guilty to last week.
A second-round pick of the Eagles back in 2012, Kendricks started 74 games in six seasons with the team.
Seattle's reasoning is the need for depth. Middle linebacker Bobby Wagner popped up on Thursday's practice report with a groin injury. The uncertainty of Wagner may have prompted Seattle's move with Kendricks. He recorded 14 sacks, three interceptions and five fumble recoveries in that span. Kendricks allegedly profited almost $1.2 million by using non-public information he received from Damilare Sonoiki, a global investment firm banker, in exchange for $10,000 and a Eagles tickets.
Sonoiki had been working as a junior analyst at Goldman Sachs but left the financial field and has most recently been writing for TV shows.
"While I didn't fully understand all of the details of the illegal trades, I knew it was wrong, and I wholeheartedly regret my actions", he said in the statement.