Source: Browns close to deal with free agent LB Mychal Kendricks

Started 13 of 18 games for Super Bowl champs in 2017

Daryl Ruiter
June 03, 2018 - 4:09 pm
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 are close to signing free agent linebacker Mychal Kendricks a league source confirmed to 92.3 The Fan Sunday.

Should a deal be reached with Kendricks, an announcement isn’t expected until Monday.

Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reported Kendricks would sign a 1-year contract, which Kendricks took to Twitter to dispute. His agent, Doug Hendrickson, also told Jordan Schultz of Yahoo Sports that no deal has been struck with the Browns. 

“If there is a player that we are bringing in here, we feel like he can help our football team be better,” head coach Hue Jackson said last week when asked about the prospects of potentially adding Kendricks. “We are not going to turn down good football players. If we can get any more football players that are good and can help our football team, we are going to do it, I am sure.”

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 by the team.

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.