Free agent LB Mychal Kendricks to signal with San Francisco 49ers

The 49ers add more help with the linebacker. During the Saturday night preseason loss to San Francisco, NFL Media’s Ian Rapoport reported that they would sign veteran linebacker Mychal Kendricks.

The Eagles won Kendricks in the second round of the 2012 draft. He spent six years with Philadelphia before joining the Seahawks, where he played for two years, and last year he played in a game for Washington.

Kendricks pleaded guilty to insider trading charges in 2018 that resulted in his release by the Browns, but Cleveland suspended him after the charges were brought. In the 2018 season he was suspended for eight games. In July that year, he was sentenced to one day in prison plus three years probation and 300 hours of community service.

The 49ers need some linebacker depth, and a veteran like Kendricks could help them out in camp, but he’d have a real chance at making the club given the inexperience in the depth chart. The free agent Jonas Griffith, who was not drafted in the second year, and the journeyman LB James Burgess Jr. both started the start of the preseason on Saturday. Former tough security guard Marcell Harris and undrafted rookies Justin Hilliard and Elijah Sullivan also played with Fred Warner, who was out, and Azeez Al-Shaair and Demetrius Flannigan-Fowles, both of whom were out with injuries.

Kendricks has played 104 games with 91 starts in nine years. He has 548 tackles, 52 tackles for loss, 19.0 sacks, four interceptions, 30 pass breakups and four forced fumbles.

San Francisco has a full roster, so adding Kendricks will require a move to do so, although none have been announced.

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