UPDATE: After all that, it appears that Kendricks is going to be signing with the Browns after all.
Updated story. After a wild day of denials by free agent Mychal Kendricks about agreeing to a deal with Cleveland, he indeed will sign a 1-year deal with Browns that could be worth as much as $3.5 million. He visited #Vikings and is Eric Kendricks' brother https://t.co/ZULLXGIjOg— Chris Tomasson (@christomasson) June 4, 2018
Original story follows.
This week, former Philadelphia Eagles’ linebacker Mychal Kendricks, the older brother of Minnesota Vikings’ linebacker Eric Kendricks, has been making several stops to decide where he would like to continue his football career. In addition to visiting the Vikings, he also made stops to visit the Cleveland Browns and the Oakland Raiders.
Earlier today, Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network reported that Kendricks the Elder had chosen Cleveland.
Sources: The #Browns are signing free agent LB Mychal Kendricks to a 1-year deal, bolstering their linebacking group late in the offseason. Along with Jamie Collins and Christian Kirksey, it could be one of the most talented in football.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) June 3, 2018
Kendricks, apparently, disagrees.
You will never have my respect— Mychal Kendricks (@MychalKendricks) June 3, 2018
Mychal Kendricks on report he is signing with the Browns: 1/2: “No, it’s not accurate. I don’t know who the (bleep) said that. That (bleep) is (bleep). Whoever said that (bleep) is (bleep). That’s all I have to say, man. I’m not really talking to anybody else about it...— Chris Tomasson (@christomasson) June 3, 2018
So, it would appear that we still don’t know where Mychal Kendricks is going to be signing, and he hasn’t made that decision yet. Earlier today, Matthew Coller of 1500 ESPN reported that the Vikings’ offer to Kendricks included “more than a role in the base defense,” for what that’s worth.
The Browns have significantly more cap space remaining than the Vikings do, according to Over the Cap. They have the Browns as holding the most salary cap space in the league at just over $69 million. The Vikings, on the other hand, are sitting at around $17 million. (The Raiders, with just under $3 million remaining, would have to perform some real salary cap voodoo to bring Kendricks on board.) So, if money is Kendricks’ primary focus, the Brown would probably be the choice for him.
However, he has not made that choice yet, no matter what any other source is saying.