Seahawks sign Mychal Kendricks, who pleaded guilty to insider trading

Maybe Pete Carroll just hasn't had time to watch the news.

A month ago, the news of the Seattle Seahawks bringing in veteran free-agent linebacker Mychal Kendricks wouldn't have seemed odd. Kendricks has been a good player in his career. The Seahawks could use some depth help at the position.

But, if you've been paying attention recently, you know Kendricks has issues other than his football career in limbo. Earlier this month Kendricks, 27, pleaded guilty to insider trading, a scheme that could lead to him spending 25 years in prison. He'll be sentenced in December.

That didn't stop the Seahawks. After a visit with the Seahawks the team signed him to a one-year deal — probably smart to not give him a multi-year contract — and he'll play Monday night against the Chicago Bears according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.

Seahawks sign Mychal Kendricks despite legal issues

Let's get this part out of the way: The Seahawks signed Kendricks, even though they're the same team that wouldn't sign Colin Kaepernick after talking to him. Not everything that happens in the NFL needs to be compared to Kaepernick, but it's worth noting in this instance. The Seahawks refused to sign Kaepernick because he wouldn't assure the team he'd stand during the national anthem. The Seahawks also traded defensive end Michael Bennett for almost nothing even though Bennett is still a productive player. Bennett is among the players who has demonstrated during the national anthem over social issues.

Yet, the Seahawks added Kendricks, who pleaded guilty to a serious crime that carries up to a 25-year sentence. OK.

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EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - AUGUST 9, 2018: Linebacker Mychal Kendricks #54 of the Cleveland Browns stands on the sideline in the fourth quarter of a preseason game against the New York Giants at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey. Cleveland won 20-10. (Photo by: 2018 Nick Cammett/Diamond Images/Getty Images)
BERKELEY, CA - 2011: Mychal Kendricks of the California Golden Bears poses for a portrait circa 2011 in Berkeley, California. (Photo by California/Collegiate Images/Getty Images)
CLEVELAND, OH - SEPTEMBER 09: Mychal Kendricks #95 of the Philadelphia Eagles stands on the sideline before the game against the Cleveland Browns at Cleveland Browns Stadium on September 9, 2012 in Cleveland, Ohio. The Eagles won 17-16. (Photo by Drew Hallowell/Philadelphia Eagles/Getty Images)
PHILADELPHIA - SEPTEMBER 16: Linebacker Mychal Kendricks #95 of the Philadelphia Eagles celebrates after making a game winning stop during a game against the Baltimore Ravens on September 17, 2012 at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Hunter Martin/Philadelphia Eagles/Getty Images)
LANDOVER, MD - NOVEMBER 18: Mychal Kendricks #95 of the Philadelphia Eagles runs during the game against the Washington Redskins at FedEx Field on November 18, 2012 in Landover, Maryland. The Redskins won 31-6. (Photo by Drew Hallowell/Philadelphia Eagles/Getty Images)
EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - AUGUST 29: Mychal Kendricks #95 of the Philadelphia Eagles sits on the bench during the game against the New York Jets at MetLife Stadium on August 29, 2013 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Drew Hallowell/Philadelphia Eagles/Getty Images)
OAKLAND, CA - NOVEMBER 03: Mychal Kendricks #95 of the Philadelphia Eagles looks on against the Oakland Raiders at O.co Coliseum on November 3, 2013 in Oakland, California. The Eagles won 49-20. (Photo by Drew Hallowell/Philadelphia Eagles/Getty Images)
PHILADELPHIA, PA - DECEMBER 08: Mychal Kendricks #95 of the Philadelphia Eagles runs with the ball after a fumble by the Detroit Lions at Lincoln Financial Field on December 8, 2013 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Eagles won 34-20. (Photo by Drew Hallowell/Philadelphia Eagles/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 29: NFL Players LaMarr Woodley and Mychal Kendricks attend 106 & Park at BET studio on January 29, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Bennett Raglin/BET/Getty Images for BET)
NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 29: Football Player Mychal Kendricks attends 2014 Fashion Meets Football at Saks Fifth Avenue on January 29, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Jim Spellman/WireImage)
PHILADELPHIA, PA - DECEMBER 07: Mychal Kendricks #95 of the Philadelphia Eagles reacts against the Seattle Seahawks in the first half of the game at Lincoln Financial Field on December 7, 2014 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Evan Habeeb/Getty Images)
WATCH WHAT HAPPENS LIVE -- Pictured: Mychal Kendricks -- (Photo by: Charles Sykes/Bravo/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
SAN FRANCISCO, CA - FEBRUARY 06: NFL player Mychal Kendricks attends the New Era Super Bowl party at The Battery on February 6, 2016 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images for New Era)
KANSAS CITY, MO - SEPTEMBER 17: Philadelphia Eagles outside linebacker Mychal Kendricks (95) in the third quarter of a week 2 NFL game between the Philadelphia Eagles and Kansas City Chiefs on September 17th, 2017 at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, MO. (Photo by Scott Winters/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
PHILADELPHIA, PA - OCTOBER 29: Philadelphia Eagles outside linebacker Mychal Kendricks (95) looks on during the NFL football game between the San Francisco 49ers and the Philadelphia Eagles on October 29, 2017 at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Philadelphia Eagles defeated the San Francisco 49ers by the score of 33-10. (Photo by Robin Alam/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
PHILADELPHIA, PA - JANUARY 21: Philadelphia Eagles outside linebacker Mychal Kendricks (95) runs in action during the NFC Championship Game between the Minnesota Vikings and the Philadelphia Eagles on January 21, 2018 at the Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Philadelphia Eagles defeated the Minnesota Vikings by the score of 38-7. (Photo by Robin Alam/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
BLOOMINGTON, MN - JANUARY 31: Philadelphia Eagles outside linebacker Mychal Kendricks (95) answers questions during the Philadelphia Eagles Press Conference on January 31, 2018, at the Mall of America in Bloomington, MN. (Photo by Rich Graessle/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
BEREA, OH - JUNE 12, 2018: Linebacker Mychal Kendricks #54 of the Cleveland Browns rides a stationary bike during a mandatory mini camp on June 12, 2018 at the Cleveland Browns training facility in Berea, Ohio. (Photo by: 2018 Diamond Images/Getty Images)
BEREA, OH - JULY 29: Cleveland Browns defensive back Jabrill Peppers (22) and Cleveland Browns linebacker Mychal Kendricks (54) during drills at the Cleveland Browns Training Camp on July 29, 2018, at the at the Cleveland Browns Training Facility in Berea, Ohio. (Photo by Frank Jansky/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - AUGUST 9, 2018: Linebacker Mychal Kendricks #54 of the Cleveland Browns rushes the lines of scrimmage in the first quarter of a preseason game against the New York Giants at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey. Cleveland won 20-10. (Photo by: 2018 Nick Cammett/Diamond Images/Getty Images)
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NFL: The matter is under review

Pro Football Talk published a statement from the NFL late Thursday indicating that Kendricks will be permitted to play in the near future.

"The matter is under review," the NFL told PFT. "He is currently permitted to sign and participate in activities including games."

Why would Seahawks be interested in Kendricks?

While it's somewhat baffling why the Seahawks would pick Kendricks of all players to help the defense. There are linebackers out there who aren't in major legal trouble, who aren't getting sentenced in a federal court this December.

Presumably the Seahawks figure it's worth it to have Kendricks for a little while before his sentencing. It's a truly peculiar transaction.

Kendricks has already apologized for insider trading

Kendricks pleaded guilty to an insider trading scheme that he made $1.2 million on. He knew a Goldman Sachs analyst who passed along stock information before it became public, and in turn Kendricks gave him kickbacks like Eagles tickets and cash. The analyst, Damilare Sonoiki, was planning to also plead guilty according to his lawyer.

It's not like there's a lot of gray area. Kendricks apologized right away when federal prosecutors charged him, and he pleaded guilty. When he pleaded guilty in court, he said he was doing so because "I know I was wrong." It's not like the Seahawks can argue that the legal system needs to play out here.

Seattle has had a weird offseason in many ways. This is their weirdest move of all.

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Frank Schwabis a writer for Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at shutdown.corner@yahoo.com or follow him on Twitter!

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