Will Dissly Jersey

Seahawks tight end Will Dissly high-fives mascot Blitz at Seattle Seahawks Training Camp at the Virginia Mason Athletic Center in Renton Monday. (Bettina Hansen / The Seattle Times)

If it was the drafting of Shaquem Griffin that drew gasps of joy from Seahawks’ front office personnel and fans alike, it was the selection of tight end Will Dissly that allowed those in the team’s war room to finally exhale.

Recall that the Seahawks initially passed on Griffin with the 120th pick in the fourth round when many figured the time had finally come for Seattle to draft him to instead take Dissly, a tight end from Washington and a player the team feels can play a vital part in reviving its running game with his in-line blocking.

After taking defensive end Rasheem Green at 79 with a pick they got in a trade, and without a third-round pick of their own (it had been sent to Houston as part of the Duane Brown deal), the Seahawks had to wait for 40 more picks to pass before they could take Dissly, who they later said was a player they regarded as pretty much a must-have (Seattle then took Griffin at 141).

“We just held our breath all the way through the draft in hopes that we would get him,’’ coach Pete Carroll said Saturday. “In the draft, there’s a lot of excitement because you anticipate and you hope, and he made it to us.’’

And nine days into training camp, Carroll says the Seahawks are seeing in Dissly exactly what made him such a priority in the first place.

With prospective starting tight end Ed Dickson remaining on the Non-Football Injury list, Dissly has generally been the backup tight end behind Nick Vannett.

The Seahawks saw some early signs of what they hoped for out of Dissly during the offseason program. But since blocking is expected to be his forte — as Carroll said, “we really wanted his line of scrimmage stuff’’ — it wasn’t until the team put on pads after the first week of camp that Seattle could really get a sense of what it has in Dissly.

Dissly’s first impression, the Seahawks hope, becomes a lasting one.

“The first six days that we’ve had him in pads, he’s shown nothing but a good savvy, a good understanding and a good mentality for it,’’ Carroll said. “(He’s) 270 pounds, he’s strong and physical.’’

Dissly on Saturday also showed off his hands on catches from Russell Wilson on two straight plays — one a short reception on third down to keep a drive alive and then a 15-yarder to set up a touchdown.

Each was evidence of what the team thinks could be more immediate receiving impact out of Dissly than his reputation as a blocker — he was called the best blocking tight end available in the draft by analyst Mike Mayock of the NFL Network — might suggest.

“He’s been, in my opinion, one of the stars of camp,’’ Wilson said Saturday. “You know that you expected a guy who is going to work really, really hard and be a really good player, but he keeps showing up. I really, really like how he’s playing.’’

Pretty heady talk for a player who was a backup defensive lineman at UW less than three years ago before famously switching to tight end prior to Washington’s bowl game in 2015.

“It’s funny, because you never would have known that,’’ Wilson said when reminded of Dissly’s relative lack of experience at tight end. “. … When you think about how good he’s playing right now, well how much better can he get if he plays tight end for the next 10 years here?’’

Said Dissly when asked about what Wilson had said: “That’s really cool. Whenever a veteran says that you’re doing good things, your eyes kind of brighten up a little bit and you get really excited about what they said.’’

But Dissly knows that nine days of training camp hardly a career makes.

“Definitely no time for that,’’ Dissly said when asked if he’d allowed himself to take a moment to soak in wearing an NFL uniform. “We’re in the heart of fall camp. We’re working hard, so no time for that but it’s cool. I’m really blessed to be given this opportunity and I’m trying to make the most of it.”

At the moment there seems little doubt Dissly will not only make the roster but have a key role on Sundays with the Seahawks likely to make great use of multiple tight-end sets.

“We’re going to need him,’’ Wilson said. “We’re going to need him to step up in a big way.’’

That’s an expectation formed during those anxious moments in April that haven’t changed in the months since, even if Dissly says all the team told him is what they usually tell rookie.

“You know, I was just told to come in and compete,’’ he said. “That’s kind of the whole thing about the Seahawks. You come in and compete and work really hard and good things can happen.”

Rashaad Penny Jersey

SEATTLE — Three running backs were drafted in the first round of the 2018 NFL draft. Over the weekend one of those players won offensive rookie of the year (Saquon Barkley) and another started and scored the only touchdown in the Super Bowl (Sony Michel).

The third, Rashaad Penny of the Seattle Seahawks, had a quiet weekend and a mostly-quiet season.

If you’re looking for a snapshot of Penny’s rookie season with the Seahawks, the last game would do.

In the third quarter of their wild-card loss to the Dallas Cowboys, Penny took a handoff, made a subtle cut in the backfield to get outside and then turned on the jets as he split a pair of defenders on his way to a 28-yard run.

His other three carries gained a net of one yard and he played only five of Seattle’s 55 offensive snaps, the fewest of the four tailbacks who suited up for the Seahawks.

It was that kind of year for Penny, an occasional flash but a lot more inaction. And while his final regular-season numbers weren’t all that bad on their own — 419 yards, two touchdowns and a 4.9 yards-per-carry average that was best among their running backs — Penny’s debut wasn’t what anyone had in mind when Seahawks chose him 27th overall.

To be sure, no one who was paying close attention thought it was a foregone conclusion that Penny would claim the starting job right away. It seemed even less likely when Chris Carson separated himself from the rest of the backfield over the offseason, showing that he was all the way back from the leg injury that cut short his promising rookie season. And it was out of the question entirely by the time Penny missed the final three weeks of training camp with a broken finger that, in coach Pete Carroll’s words, left him “rusty” early in the season.

The bigger disappointment was Penny couldn’t overtake Mike Davis as the clear-cut No. 2. As a result, he averaged about 13 offensive snaps in his 14 games. He played fewer than 10 snaps three times and didn’t play at all in two of them, not counting the two he missed in December with a knee injury.

Comments from Pete Carroll around midseason suggested Penny wasn’t applying himself the way he needed to. That was the impression Carroll left when he said Seattle’s coaches had been pushing Penny and “challenging him to get right.” Carroll seemed more pleased with how Penny, who turned 23 on Sunday, handled the adjustment to the NFL as the season went on.

“He did really well,” Carroll said at his final news conference of the season. “He’s been growing throughout the process. It was a jump for him, like it is for the guys. It’s a jump to be in the limelight, particularly when you’re a No. 1 pick and everyone puts the pressure and expectations on you. There’s a lot going on. You’ve just got to go through it. He’s a young kid.

“[Rookie defensive end] Rasheem Green is 21. I don’t know how old Rashaad is right now, but he’s a young kid too. There’s just so much ahead of these guys. Every day was a learning experience for him and to see what it’s like. They’re not playing behind old guys that have been here for six or eight years or 10 years that can tell them the ropes and all that. They’re learning with new guys. Chris just had his first full season playing. These guys are all learning together and they’re growing well together.”

An underwhelming rookie season is nowhere near enough evidence to write off a high draft pick. The Seahawks have some recent examples, all from the second round. Golden Tate (2010) was benched for what would have been his NFL debut then caught 21 passes that year. Justin Britt (2014) bounced around the offensive line his first two seasons, essentially failing his way from right tackle to left guard to his permanent home at center.

Of course, Christine Michael (2013) never panned out and the jury is still out on Ethan Pocic (2017), two more second-rounders.

It’s too early to tell with Penny, but his potential was never more evident than when he rushed for 108 yards and a touchdown on 12 carries when Carson was sidelined against the Rams in November. There were other flashes, like his 30-yard run the next week against Green Bay when he cut back all the way across the field and covered 82.3 yards of actual distance, according to Next Gen Stats.

Penny, listed at 220 pounds, told The Seattle Times in December he started to eat better as the season went on. He lost weight and regained the burst that he had in training camp. His progression wasn’t lost on offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer.

“Huge strides,” Schottenheimer said of Penny on Dec. 20. “Learning the playbook, No. 1, was a challenge for him coming and learning all of the different things that we do. They were very, not simple, but they were very two-back oriented at San Diego State so that was a big thing. We’ve always known he’s talented. I think people think it’s just going to turn on automatically for him. It doesn’t, especially when you’re playing multiple guys. Just the look in his eye now, the confidence even when he’s rehabbing and in meetings when I’m sitting there and I’m talking to him or I’m asking him a question. There’s a quiet confidence where maybe in early August or even early October, I’d ask him a question and he’d have to think about it or he’d look at me and now he just spits the answer out. It just comes with the maturation process of a rookie.”

It isn’t hard to imagine Penny factoring more into the offense next season. Davis, who made about $1.5 million in 2018, is one of the team’s 14 unrestricted free agents and figures to find a better opportunity elsewhere than what the Seahawks will be willing to give him. They’ll want to find out what they have in Penny, for one thing, and they won’t need a veteran tailback as insurance as much as they did this past offseason when they weren’t quite sure how Carson would come back from his injury.

Carroll may have had that eventuality in the back of his mind when he looked ahead to a “one-two punch” at running back next season — i.e. Carson and Penny — before amending his comment.

It’s entirely fair to think the Seahawks erred in drafting Penny as highly as they did as opposed to addressing a position of greater need such as defensive end, though the reasoning was understandable at the time. And you can question the wisdom in drafting any running back that high given how the middle and later rounds have yielded plenty of productive ones, including Carson, a seventh-rounder.

Either way, Penny is still an intriguing prospect, one the Seahawks figure to ask more of in Year 2 than they did during his mostly quiet rookie season.

“Just be with us again,” Carroll said when asked what Penny needs to do be more of a factor in 2019, “go through the whole offseason, hope for good health and just compete. He’s going to be really good. He showed it again the other night [against Dallas]. He’s going to be a really good player for us. It gives us a tremendous one-two punch — one-two-three punch. We’ve got combinations to throw at you with our guys. The competition, we’ll play that out.”

Kam Chancellor Jersey

Friday became Guarantee Day for the Seahawks.

The fifth day following the Super Bowl, the fifth day of the league’s after-season waiver period, is the trigger date for guarantees in some Seattle players’ contracts for the ensuing year.

Friday Kam Chancellor got $5.2 million of his $10 million Seahawks salary for 2019 guaranteed (yes, he’s still on the roster because he hasn’t retired despite his career-ending neck injury in 2017). Chancellor had a clause in the extension the four-time Pro Bowl safety signed in August 2017, months before he injured his neck. It guaranteed him $5.2 million for 2019 in the event of injury.

That guarantee, and the one for $6.8 million against injury he received this time last year, are why Chancellor has not officially retired. He still has one more year after this one remaining on that legacy contract he signed almost two years ago, one that still stings the Seahawks and their salary cap. If he retires, he forfeits those guarantees.

That’s the danger of agreeing to a multiyear extension with upfront cash to a rugged veteran who had a history of injuries. Even when he was that team’s soul.

Chancellor sustained a nerve injury in his neck Nov. 9, 2017, making a tackle late in a win at Arizona. That was three months and a week after Chancellor signed an extension through the 2020 season that included $25 million guaranteed against injury.

That deal and paying a guy who can’t play for them is part of why the Seahawks played hardball and did not give three-time All-Pro Earl Thomas the richest deal for a safety in the league last offseason and preseason. Then the 29-year-old broke his leg for the second time in three years, in late September in another win at Arizona. Thomas is on his way to free agency next month. His Seahawks’ contract is expiring instead of it getting extended or him getting traded, as he wanted throughout 2018.

Chancellor’s salary-cap charge for 2019 is scheduled to be $13 million, including prorated bonuses. If the Seahawks released him before June 1 they would save $2.3 million of that $13 million against their cap and would have a $2.5 million cap charge for him in 2020. The $2.5 million is the prorated amount of the signing bonus that would remain on Chancellor’s contract.

If the Seahawks release him after June 1 they’d save $4.8 million against their cap this year.

It’s basically a choice of whether the Seahawks want to save $2.5 million against their cap this year, or next.

They are in the best cap shape they’ve been in for years. They had $52.7 million in cap space as of Friday, eighth-most in the league, according to overthecap.com.

Other Seahawks getting guaranteed cash for 2019 on Friday: wide receiver Tyler Lockett ($3,907,000, from the extension he signed last summer), center Justin Britt ($2.25 million), safety Bradley McDougald ($1 million) and left tackle Duane Brown ($1.75 million). All are central to the team’s plans and fortunes in 2019.

Former agent Joel Corry, who writes on salary-cap issues for CBS Sports, noted Friday the Seahawks’ date for vesting guarantees in their contracts is the earliest in the league. Most happen in March, in the days after the new league year begins.

The money Chancellor, Lockett, Britt, McDougald and Brown got Friday were all expected guarantees. After all, the Seahawks wrote them into each player’s contract.

The unexpected Seahawks guarantee Friday?

Yes, a live Seahawks snow cam guaranteed we all could see every flake of snow falling at team headquarters, Crystal Mountain and Stevens Pass style. It was mounted on a upper-floor window of the Virginia Mason Athletic Center in Renton, facing south overlooking the Seahawks’ practice fields along Lake Washington.

That’s how big an event the much-hyped Seattle Snowpocalypse was already Friday afternoon. It was not even one hour after the snow we’ve been hearing about here all week began falling on the Seattle-Tacoma area.

Even Lockett, a native of Tulsa, Okla., who played his college football at Kansas State, was impressed: Gregg Bell is the Seahawks and NFL writer for The News Tribune. In January 2019 he was named the Washington state sportswriter of the year by the National Sports Media Association. He started covering the NFL in 2002 as the Oakland Raiders beat writer for The Sacramento Bee. The Ohio native began covering the Seahawks in their first Super Bowl season of 2005. In a prior life he graduated from West Point and served as a tactical intelligence officer in the U.S. Army, so he may ask you to drop and give him 10.

Doug Baldwin Jersey

Image result for Doug Baldwin

The Seattle Seahawks and Pittsburgh Steelers are two sides of the same coin that appear to be moving in different directions but one thing they have in common at the moment is outspoken wide receivers who have been given free rein to express themselves.

With the Steelers trade saga involving wide receiver Antonio Brown hitting week one million and one, the situation has reached peak drama — the Seahawks know a little something about peak drama. With a deal nearly done — depending on who you believe — Brown was seemingly on his way to the Buffalo Bills before talks broke down. Some have stated Brown killed the trade by not wanting to go to Buffalo; others have reported no trade was ever close and talks between the Steelers and Bills broke down days ago.

Whatever the situation, Seahawks wide receiver Doug Baldwin is tired of it and he brought a simple message where Antonio Brown was concerned on Friday.

“Free AB!” Baldwin tweeted with a fist emoji.

Phrasing the situation as Brown needing to be set free is an interesting choice considering the circus that surrounds all parties at the moment in Pittsburgh. But consider a player’s perspective. From all accounts, this situation began when quarterback Ben Roethlisberger and Brown’s relationship became untenable due to friction over Roethlisberger’s needling. The organization clearly chose their elder franchise quarterback over a receiver who coincidentally is no spring chicken himself.

And then at the last second, they tried to ship him off to Buffalo with better options on the table.

Of course, Brown would do everything in his power not to go to a team/situation he doesn’t want and why would Baldwin not see it was Browns right to do so?

The question for the Steelers now will be can they get the value back following this latest calamity? What will be the price of a possible last hour decision to move Brown to Buffalo gone awry especially with the perception — right or wrong — that Brown nixed the deal?

For right now, one thing is certain. Despite Baldwin’s pleas for Brown’s emancipation from the Steelers, the Seahawks aren’t interested. According to CBS Sports Jason LaCanfora, the Seahawks kicked the tires around internally on acquiring Brown early in the process but decided against getting into the scrum. Even if the price is lowered, it’s still hard to see them getting into the mix due to having only four draft picks. Their second, sixth and seventh-round draft picks are all missing. Besides, the Seahawks have Baldwin and wide receiver Tyler Lockett who fill the same role as Brown. The money to pay Brown would likely be better spent elsewhere unless they plan to release or trade Baldwin.

For now, the Seahawks and Baldwin sit from afar watching a disaster movie play out in a similar fashion to their own retooling from 2018. Except for all the criticism the Seahawks received, their problems always stayed in-house until the players in question left or were clearly leaving. So while the Seahawks struggled to trade Richard Sherman and Earl Thomas and failed to do so, both soldiered through final seasons that only ended because of injury not because of a public catastrophe like Brown. In fact, the Seahawks even successfully reintegrated Thomas back into their system after a lengthy, messy holdout.

Certainly, the Seahawks have not been perfect and it would be only the greatest of stretches to suggest they’ve been without drama. Earl Thomas’ middle finger says hello. But what they’ve been without unequivocally is a player so fed up with his situation/coaching staff/teammate he would sit out the final game of the regular season not to mention have a player who sat out the whole season. Le’Veon Bell waves vigorously at the camera

So while the Seahawks and Steelers both let their players express themselves like Baldwin’s doing now or Brown has done whenever he likes; the Seahawks have cultivated an atmosphere where they can come back together if any bickering caused by that self-expression and/or strain of business relations occurs.

Perhaps, that’s the freedom Baldwin wants Brown to find. Unfortunately, there’s only one place to find it and they’re not open for business when it comes to an Antonio Brown trade. Or maybe he just wants him to be able to leave Pittsburgh.

Some things are metaphorical and some things are not and sometimes, it’s both.

Russell Wilson Jersey

Quarterbacks get paid, mid-tier quarterbacks get paid a lot and elite quarterbacks get paid a lot and without any questions. Yet here we are with Russell Wilson quietly having only one year left on his contract and entering what can only be called a lame-duck year in 2019. There is no doubting Wilson’s bonafides; he has been to the playoffs multiple times, he has won a Super Bowl, he has been in the MVP discussion on an annual basis and he’s done it despite limitations around him offensively, from offensive line to receivers to scheme.

But according to CBS Sports NFL Insider Jason La Canfora on the Pick Six Podcast Friday (it’s a daily NFL show, you can hear the full interview below and you should probably subscribe right here), there has been zero contact between Wilson’s camp and the Seahawks as it relates to an extension.

This doesn’t happen. If a stud quarterback under the age of 35 is heading into the final year of his deal, he should be getting an extension. And it begs the question as to whether the Seahawks and Wilson might be headed towards some kind of divorce or even just an aggressive game of three-way chicken that involves the quarterback, the team and the upcoming CBA (more on that factor in a second).
“All offseason, while the Falcons were falling all over themselves to sign Matt Ryan and the Packers were falling all over themselves to sign Aaron Rodgers […] and Seattle not making any attempt to get ahead of Atlanta or Green Bay, to say nothing of now you’ve got [Ben] Roethlisberger coming back up,” La Canfora said. “It is what it is — these salaries continue to grow exponentially. What is Russell, what is he worth? And if they come to you with $160 [million] for four [years], you’re sitting there thinking, well, they’d have to franchise me the first time for this and the second time for that and the third time for this and that point we’re in a new CBA and who even knows what’s going on.

“If Kirk Cousins wins a Super Bowl, he’s going to make $90 million in three years. That’s Kirk Cousins, who’s never won a playoff game and is what, 4-24 against winning teams. So what is Russell Wilson worth on the open market?”

The answer is like $35 million per year at the absolute bottom. It might be more. If Wilson was released right now (that’s a complete hypothetical, obviously, because it’s not happening), he would be heavily pursued by a horde of teams, willing to give him something upwards of $200 million for five years. That sounds insane, but it’s not: the Packers had control over Aaron Rodgers for multiple seasons and extended him with a deal that pays the quarterback $134 million over four years. Cousins got $84 million fully guaranteed over three years.

Wilson would get paid $40 million per year by some team if he hit the open market, completely unregulated. Could that happen? Yes it could. If the Seahawks don’t work out an extension with Wilson before the end of next season, they’ll be forced to use the franchise tag on the quarterback.

“I’ve been trying to tell people, this is not a slam dunk. This is going to be much more interesting and intriguing dance than anybody really giving it credit for unless you’re really paying attention,” La Canfora continued. “The Seahawks, at the 2019 combine, if they’re not falling all over themselves to re-sign Russell Wilson then they might as well be trying to trade him. Because franchising him for two years and losing him, you put a very finite window on your chance to win and he’s never going to have as much trade value now as he would at any other time.

“There’s not a ton of teams who need quarterbacks, I get it. But I’m sure Ciara would be cool living on South Beach too.”

JLC was referencing a report/some buzz from Colin Cowherd on his Fox Sports radio show this past week where he threw out that he’s hearing entertainment agents in Los Angeles chatter about the long-term future of Wilson and his wife and where they want to live in relation to where he plays football.

The gist of what Cowherd hears is that Ciara would love to live in New York and that these agents see the possibility of the Giants making some deal for Wilson in order to bring the quarterback to New York to replace Eli Manning once his run is up.

It’s not THAT crazy. La Canfora said Friday if the Seahawks aren’t making a move on a contract extension this offseason — like, next week — they might want to consider the possibility of putting Wilson on the trade block.

“If you’re Russell Wilson, you don’t have to do a darned thing. If Joe Flacco and Kirk Cousins gambled on themselves and won, what might this guy bring on the open market?” La Canfora asked. “If you go back to the trade that the Bears made before the season for a pass rusher, not a quarterback, and all they gave up for him plus paying him a record contract. What would teams give up for a quarterback? What was Jay Cutler, two ones back in the day?”

Wilson would command a massive haul in a trade. A MVP-caliber, Super Bowl-winning, 31-year-old quarterback who takes immaculate care of his body and, despite his running skills, makes sure not to take too many shots? We’re talking three first-round picks here.

There would be multiple teams with aging quarterbacks interested in Wilson if he was on the block or the open market. Feel free to include the Patriots, Saints, Steelers and Chargers if we’re talking about a post-2019 situation (no know KNOWS what will happen with Tom Brady, Drew Brees, Ben Roethlisberger and Phillip Rivers after any given season, that’s just the nature of time).

Built into this discussion is also the matter of the new CBA. As JLC and I noted in the podcast (again, listen above), Wilson might well be timing his situation with the implementation of the new Collective Bargaining Agreement. The 2021 season could very well be taking place under a new labor deal. Maybe that deal calls for quarterbacks to get 25 percent of the salary cap. Maybe it removes the ability of the Seahawks to franchise tag Wilson multiple times.

If the latter, it would mean that Wilson, after playing the 2020 season under the tag, would be a completely unrestricted free agent in the first year following new television deals, which would likely mean the first year with the cap spiking. He could get $50 million per year on the open market at that point on a three-year deal and two years removed from right now, there could be several more quarterback openings on the market.

Maybe he and his agents even timed his deal — the one he’s playing under right now — with the new CBA, understanding that Russell could potentially be the beneficiary of a major market shift if they planned everything at the right stages. It’s not like Wilson and/or Ciara are going to be hurting for money in the next three years. Russell could retire right now and be set for life with the money he’s made through football and endorsements.

Perhaps all of this goes away with a quick extension from the Seahawks and Wilson’s camp at the combine. But as noted earlier, these two sides haven’t been talking contract for quite some time now. Rumors of Wilson departing Seattle via trade have been percolating for almost a full calendar year.

If nothing happens in the near future, the drumbeat is only going to get louder, because it will become clear Wilson is willing to bet on himself and play out the string while seeing what the future holds with the open market and labor rules. This has quietly been a huge NFL story for months. That won’t stop without a new deal, except for the quiet part going away.

Mychal Kendricks Jersey

The Seahawks may have their replacement for K.J. Wright, if they need one.

But first, they have to wait out a prison sentencing.

Seattle has agreed to re-sign veteran linebacker Mychal Kendricks. The former Super Bowl starter for Philadelphia started last season for the injured Wright as the Seahawks’ weakside linebacker—when Kendricks wasn’t suspended, or hurt, that is.

Wednesday’s deal on the first day of the new league year is worth “about $4 million,” according to NFL Network’s Mike Garafolo.
Sign Up and Save

ESPN reported the total, with incentive bonuses, could max out at $5.3 million. At that money, the Seahawks may not be in the market for Wright. He could command $5 million or more himself in free agency.

Kendricks’ sentencing in federal court in Pennsylvania for insider trading was postponed from Jan. 25 to April 4.

His new contract is unlikely to have much money guaranteed, a risk-free fall-back for the Seahawks in case he can’t play in 2019.

Wright, the team’s Pro Bowl veteran, officially became an unrestricted free agent for the first time in his career on Wednesday. Coach Pete Carroll has said the Seahawks have been working on re-signing Wright. But the market for Wright, who turns 30 in July, could rise higher than the patient Seahawks want to spend, even in the now-secondary waves of NFL free agency.

Before Kendricks’ sentencing hearing got postponed from January, the team was going to know whether he was getting months or years in prison—or perhaps a suspended sentence and no time in jail—before they made a definitive contract offer to Wright.

Sentencing guidelines in federal court in the eastern Pennsylvania suggest 2 1/2 years for Kendricks’ crime. Some there believe he will strike a plea bargain with prosecutors.

It’s possible the Seahawks have through the NFL and Kendricks’ attorneys a read on a likely length and scope of Kendricks’ punishment for the crime to which he admitted last summer.

The U.S. attorney for the eastern district of Pennsylvania charged Kendricks and a bank analyst conspired in a scheme from the summer of 2014 to spring of 2015. The alleged plot gave Kendricks non-public securities information on future investment-bank mergers.

Kendricks admitted last summer in a statement he released through his then-Cleveland Browns that he participated in the scheme.

The Browns subsequently released him without Kendricks playing a regular-season game for them.

The Seahawks signed him the following month, on Sept. 14. That was weeks after Wright had knee surgery, last August. It was also one game after rookie Shaquem Griffin struggled as Wright’s’ fill-in at weakside linebacker, in the opening loss at Denver.

While Wright’s knee issue lingered into November, Kendricks played in four games for Seattle last season. His first of three starts for the Seahawks came in week three against Dallas.

He said he was “blessed” to be playing football again.

He would have started 10 of the 11 games Wright missed in 2018. But Kendricks served an eight-game NFL suspension for the insider trading, from the beginning of October into December. Upon his return he injured his knee and leg starting a game against Minnesota. That put him on injured reserve and required surgery.

Carroll said after Kendricks went on injured reserve the Seahawks wanted to re-sign him for 2019.

“It’s been such a difficult season for Mike. My heart goes out to him,” Carroll said Dec. 12. “He wants to be a part of this thing so badly. But he doesn’t get to this time around. We’ll look forward to getting him back next time and keeping him with us.”

Wednesday’s agreement shows the Seahawks have faith in Kendricks’ recovery from the knee and leg injuries.

They seem to have faith in his dealings with the criminal-justice system in Pennsylvania, too.