It was a long shot anyway, but the Seahawks almost definitely won’t have Mychal Kendricks in 2019.
His sentencing for insider trading was bumped back from late January to April 4. Considering the absolute minimum prison time he is expected to get is eight months, that seemingly removes him as a 2019 option. (Some hold out hope that he will get no time at all, but that would be a serious break with legal precedent for his kind of crime.)
If Kendricks ends up with no more than 15 months, it is possible Pete Carroll and John Schneider would want to bring him back in 2020.
Kendricks, 28, played in four games for Seattle last season, which unfortunately ended early for him when he suffered a broken leg in his first game back from an eight-week suspension.
In the meantime, with K.J. Wright not really expected to return, the Hawks will need to look for linebackers to augment a shallow crew that includes Bobby Wagner, Barkevious Mingo, Austin Calitro and Shaquem Griffin.
Wright is expected to command upwards of $10 million per year on the open market — which is clearly much more than the Seahawks would prefer to pay. Wright might be willing to stay in Seattle for more like $6 million, but would that be cheap enough in the Seahawks’ eyes?