The Seattle Seahawks are adding a new member to the defensive rotation just ahead of their Monday Night matchup with the Chicago Bears, according to sources.
Seattle plans to sign linebacker Mychal Kendricks to a one-year deal, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
Earlier reports on Thursday indicated Kendricks was in town on a visit.
“Seattle not likely to waste any time: Kendricks expected to play Monday night vs. Bears,” Schefter tweeted Thursday evening.
The Seahawks are thin at linebacker with starter K.J. Wright still out after his knee surgery. While Shaquem Griffin got the start Sunday in place of Wright, the rookie seemed to struggle at times and was replaced throughout the game. Middle linebacker Bobby Wagner popped up on Thursday’s practice report with a groin injury.
The Kendricks signing is not without some concern, as just last week the linebacker pleaded guilty to charges of insider trading. Per Schefter, his sentencing has now been pushed back to January, leaving Kendricks available for the regular season.
Kendricks signed a one-year deal with the Browns prior to his release. He spent the previous six seasons with the Eagles, who selected him in the second round of 2012 NFL Draft. The Seahawks have yet to confirm the Kendricks signing and this story is continuing to develop.