Browns sign linebacker Mychal Kendricks, cut Tank Carder

Kendricks expected to start, boost talented linebacking corps

Daryl Ruiter
June 05, 2018 - 10:24 am
New England Patriots running back Dion Lewis (33) runs with the ball against Philadelphia Eagles linebacker Mychal Kendricks (95) and tackle Tim Jernigan (93) in Super Bowl LII

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Cleveland, OH (92.3 The Fan) – The Cleveland Browns signed free agent linebacker Mychal Kendricks the team announced Tuesday morning.

The deal was officially reached and announced by Kendricks' agent, Doug Hendrickson Monday, a day after he and Kendricks denied a deal had been struck with the Browns. 

To make room for Kendricks, the Browns terminated the contract of linebacker Tank Carder, who took to Twitter to thank Browns fans following his release.

The 27-year old Kendricks started 13 of 15 games played during the regular season and all 3 playoff games for the Super Bowl Champion Philadelphia Eagles in 2017, but was a salary cap casualty in May and was waived.

ProFootballFocus.com graded Kendricks, the Eagles’ 2012 second-round pick, as one of the top pass rushers among 4-3 outside linebackers after recording 51 tackles with 2 sacks and 6 pass breakups during the regular season.

In 6 seasons Kendricks has started 74 of 85 games in the regular season and totaled 338 tackles, 14.0 sacks and 27 passes defensed.

Kendricks would join a linebacking corps that includes 2015 Pro Bowler Jamie Collins, 2017 Pro Bowl alternate Joe Schobert and Christian Kirksey, who has started 45 of 64 games since 2014.

Carder was a 2012 waiver claim. He appeared in 77 games and totaled 20 tackles on defense and 38 special-teams tackles but missed the 2017 season after tearing his ACL during the second preseason game.