SEATTLE — The Seahawks have reached an agreement to re-sign free agent linebacker Mychal Kendricks to a one-year contract worth a reported $4 million in the hopes that he will be able to play in 2019.
Kendricks reportedly faces sentencing on April 4 after pleading guilty last summer to insider trading. But the Seahawks appear to be banking on Kendricks getting a sentence that will allow him to play in 2019, and while details of the contract are not available, it is likely being structured in a manner where he will not get much, if anything, unless he can play.
Seattle signed Kendricks last September after he was waived by Cleveland in the wake of his plea to help fill in for an injured K.J. Wright at weakside linebacker.
Kendricks played in four games, with three starts, recording 14 tackles and two quarterback sacks, sitting out eight games as part of an NFL suspension for his plea, and then missing the final three regular-season games and the playoff loss to Dallas with a knee injury.
Coach Pete Carroll indicated at the time, though, that the knee was not a significant enough of an issue to impact his availability in 2019.
Wright turns 30 in July and could get an offer that Seattle won’t want to pay, especially in light of its recent reluctance to pay much to keep its aging players.
If Wright were to not return it could leave Seattle with just one player remaining on defense in 2019 from the team that beat Denver in the Super Bowl — middle linebacker Bobby Wagner.
KICKER MYERS GETS FOUR-YEAR DEAL: The Seahawks’ first addition of the 2019 NFL free agency period marks something of a reunion as Seattle is signing kicker Jason Myers to a four-year contract, with the hope he can finally stop what has been something of a merry-go-round at the position since the departure of Stephen Hauschka following the 2016 season.
A league source confirmed to The Seattle Times that Myers will sign with the Seahawks. The New York Daily News reported Myers will get a deal worth up to $15.5 million, with $7 million guaranteed.
An average salary of $4 million per year would make him one of the NFL’s 10 highest-paid kickers.
Myers was with the Seahawks throughout the 2018 offseason and the first two games of the preseason before being waived when the team decided instead to keep Sebastian Janikowski.
Myers then was signed by the Jets, with whom he made the AFC Pro Bowl team after hitting on 33 of 36 field goals, including 6 of 7 from 50 yards or beyond.
Seattle has also signed Sam Ficken, but general manager John Schneider said at the NFL combine last month that the Seahawks would sign another kicker.
Myers’ addition would seem to solidify Seattle’s kicking battery for the 2019 season with punter Michael Dickson returning and also serving as the holder, and snapper Tyler Ott having been tendered this week as an exclusive-rights free agent.
• NFL Network reported Wednesday that defensive lineman Quinton Jefferson was given an original-round tender (fifth). This means he would get a salary of $2.025 million in 2019 on a one-year deal. He can still talk to other teams, and if he were to sign elsewhere Seattle would get a fifth-round pick in return or have the chance to match. Jefferson started 12 games last season and plays a hybrid end/tackle role and likely became more of a priority once the team realized that Shamar Stephen would not return.
Offensive lineman George Fant received a second-round tender, which means he will receive a salary of $3.095 million and any team that would want to sign him would have to give up a second-round pick. Logically, this means Fant is in the fold for Seattle in 2019.
Fullback Tre Madden was not tendered and became a free agent.
• Exclusive-rights free agents are players who if they get a qualifying offer remain the team’s property. If they do not, then they become unrestricted free agents.
Seattle made qualifying offers to 10 of its ERFAs: Snapper Tyler Ott, C Joey Hunt, RB J.D. McKissic, DL Branden Jackson, CB Kalan Reed, safety Shalom Luani, receiver David Moore, LB Austin Calitro , OL Jordan Simmons and LB Emmanuel Ellerbee.
Three who did not get qualifying offers and are now free agents are safeties T.J. Green and T.J. Mutcherson and DE Ricky Ali’ifua.