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Sentencing for free agent LB Mychal Kendricks postponed again

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Tuesday the Seattle Seahawks hosted free agent linebacker Mychal Kendricks on a free agent visit, giving him a chance to show the team he has been with the past two seasons an opportunity to inspect his surgically repaired knee. The knee, however, has not been the only uncertainty surrounding Kendricks, of course, as he’s been waiting to be sentenced for insider trading since pleading guilty to two felonies in September 2018.

That sentencing had been scheduled for the second week of October, but it has been postponed once again.

For all intents and purposes, this gives teams the peace of mind that Kendricks will be available to play for a team that signs him through the duration of the 2020 NFL season. The sentencing being moved to the Wednesday between the scheduled Wild Card and Divisional Rounds of the 2020 NFL playoffs should give teams the certainty that he will be available.

In addition, for teams with concerns about playing after the January 13 sentencing date, white collar criminals typically receive a report date that is several weeks, if not several months, after the date of sentencing. Thus, even if Kendricks receives prison time when he is eventually sentenced, he’d likely be available for any team through at least February 7, which is when Super Bowl LV is scheduled to be played at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa.