Is the NFL mishandling the Mychal Kendricks case? Mike Florio of PFT seems to think so, arguing that a potential 12-game suspension for alleged insider trading doesn’t make sense when considering the baseline punishment for domestic abuse suspensions is a six-game ban.
The “indefinite” suspension for the Seahawks linebacker could technically allow him to return this season, but there won’t be any real progress in his case until his sentencing in January. One could argue that a preemptive suspension was not necessary since Kendricks made immediate restitution and has no criminal record.
Here’s more out of Seattle:
- The timing of Earl Thomas‘ four-year, $40MM extension was not exactly ideal for the safety, Bob Condotta of the Seattle Times writes. Had Thomas’ contract run out in 2017, the team might have signed him to a third deal heading into last season as it did with Kam Chancellor. Instead, Thomas’ age made a lucrative new deal unpalatable for the Seahawks. Condotta also notes that Thomas can technically be traded while on IR, but that would make little sense since he has been ruled out for the season. Before Thomas’ leg fracture, the Seahawks reportedly lowered the asking price on the All-Pro defender. The Chiefs were in pursuit of him and the two sides were inching towards a trade.
- The Seahawks spoke extensively with Ndamukong Suh in the spring, but the club couldn’t get close to the Rams’ offer due to cap constraints, coach Pete Carroll says (Twitter link via Condotta). On Sunday, the Seahawks will face Suh, who is off to a tremendous start.