Browns cut Mychal Kendricks

AP

The Browns have given Antonio Callaway and Josh Gordon second chances, but Mychal Kendricks won’t get one.

The team announced Wednesday night that it has terminated Kendricks’ contract.

“Prior to signing Mychal, we were informed that there was a financial situation that he had been involved with in 2014,” Browns General Manager John Dorsey said in a statement released by the team. “We were told Mychal had fully cooperated with investigators as a victim. From what was communicated at that time and based on the numerous questions we asked and further due diligence on our part, including checking with the league office, there was no information discovered that conveyed otherwise.

“Recently, we were provided an update on the matter and the circumstances have changed. We are now dealing with a different set of facts and the additional information we’ve gathered has led us to the decision to release Mychal from our team. Due to the ongoing legal nature of this situation, we will have no further comments.”

Kendricks was charged with insider trading in Philadelphia on Wednesday, making nearly $1.2 million in illegal profits on four investments four years ago. The linebacker admitted wrongdoing in a statement.

Kendricks signed a one-year deal worth up to $3.5 million with the Browns in the offseason after the Eagles released him.

66 responses to “Browns cut Mychal Kendricks

  1. Still think this is kinda much ado about nothing. Not because I don’t think insider trading is bad. Alot because the guy owned up to it (which most players do not, looking at Edelman right now). But mostly because the guy does what many people do every day. Including Trump. Still respect the Browns for protecting the organization.

  2. billco6192012 says:
    August 29, 2018 at 8:50 pm
    Well so did trump and he’s still president lol
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    The fact that you bring up politics when we are talking about football is just sad. Go outside and enjoy life.

  3. Good!
    The NFL should make sure that the Browns can go after the signing bonus AND the Browns should not suffer a salary cap hit for cutting Kendricks.

  4. Eagles fan here….wondering how much they knew and if it led them to cut him.

    In any case…his career’s a wrap and all over $1.2 million that he would have most likely earned in salary or incentives. And he’s certain to do prison time because Martha Stewart did time for much less. #jackass

  5. Patriots will sign him still. They’re desperate for help on defense and they encourage cheating.

  6. What’s the big deal, my 401k has gone from 80k to 1.2 million in just 5 months so many times I can’t remember.

  7. What sort of “insider” trading?

    A congressman was recently arrested — a true “insider” — for insider trading, but a football player?

    The most insider he gets is inside the huddle and inside the locker room.

    How inside was he?

  8. @hockeyfan28 Martha didn’t go to jail for insider trading. She was under investigation for insider trading, but got charged for misleading investigators.

  9. Wow, you can beat your wife, drive intoxicated, commit assault and battery on a female acquaintance or be accused of sexual assault, get hooked on drugs but still be a great player, and the Cleveland Browns will love you.
    Commit 1 blue color crime and you get the boot. This man made a mistake owned up to it and they drop him. He deserves a 2nd chance. He should get house arrest for a few years but might still be able to continue playing, and the best thing for him is it won’t be with a 1 and 31 coach/team after 2 years.

  10. It’s always intriguing to see teams give some players numerous chances to screw up but not others. Considering who the owner is in Cleveland is just the icing on the cake.
    #It’sClevelandMan.

  11. Ugh.
    Eagles fan here, but to release him over this charge is so typical of the NFL today. But beat your girlfriend, your wife, Commit assault, Theft, Sexual Assault, be involved in gang violence, etc etc etc you get a second third chance, and everything is cool.
    All because he got some tips on what to put his money torward.

  12. It’s funny when the players lose all of their money and go bankrupt……funny…
    .just not smart folk…..or moral….funny

  13. Wait, Philly did not report this to Goodell? Kendricks just reported this only to Cleveand and it was never mentioned at all while he was in Philly? It’s just a coincidence that they were walking from him, and only in the spring did Kendricks know he was caught in this scheme, notifying the Browns of it?

    Hmmm.

    That doesn’t appear to make sense based on the timeline.

  14. nfcleast says:
    August 29, 2018 at 8:59 pm

    Eagles fan here….wondering how much they knew and if it led them to cut him.

    In any case…his career’s a wrap and all over $1.2 million that he would have most likely earned in salary or incentives. And he’s certain to do prison time because Martha Stewart did time for much less. #jackass

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    That’s they question I have. The Eagles had to have known about this and tried to cover it up.

  15. coachfisher says:
    August 29, 2018 at 8:54 pm
    This reminds me of when Jon Dorenbos was trying to win americas got talent.
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    Who?
    zorry, never watched that show and I’m not insulting those that do, but I have no clue who he is.

  16. TruFBFan says:

    August 29, 2018 at 8:53 pm

    Still think this is kinda much ado about nothing. Not because I don’t think insider trading is bad. Alot because the guy owned up to it (which most players do not, looking at Edelman right now). But mostly because the guy does what many people do every day. Including Trump. Still respect the Browns for protecting the organization.

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    Well the Browns released him because they said he told them that he was cooperating with the investigators as a “victim”, which would be a lie. Also the feds don’t take the time to handle crimes that is “kinda much ado about nothing”.

    Finally he’s owning up to it because he got dead to rights, so he have two options deny it and dig his self and even more trouble or admit to what the feds already knows and hope that it will lessen his sentence.

  17. White collar criminals at big Banks do this everyday and get rewarded for it. When they fail us taxpayers bail em out.

  18. Speaking of cuts in general…did they change the cut down process this year? Particularly from watching Hard Knocks, I feel like the fourth and fifth episodes are both partly centered around cutting players, and they’ll show the conversation with the coach, the player cleaning out their locker, etc. Maybe I’m imagining it, but I really feel like that was a two-part process, like they’d start with 90-ish guys, cut down to like 75, then make the final cut to 53. But I’m only seeing a 4 PM September 1st deadline to cut to 53. Is that new?

  19. Those of you mocking the Browns for cutting him while people charged with other crimes do not, the difference is that he’s pled guilty to a crime which will almost certainly give him prison time.

  20. I’m sure because the owner of the Browns was previously under investigation- probably paid his way out with millions of trickle down money from Flying J, he wanted nothing to do with this. You know Kendricks owned it, maybe he was naïve about the true nature of it, but hey just get rid of the guy and don’t let due process play out. Smart for the Browns. Sad if Mychal’s money man duped him. Either way, hope he turns his life around. Others take note.

  21. greg3117 says:
    August 29, 2018 at 10:28 pm
    coachfisher says:
    August 29, 2018 at 8:54 pm
    This reminds me of when Jon Dorenbos was trying to win americas got talent.
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    Who?
    zorry, never watched that show and I’m not insulting those that do, but I have no clue who he is

    He was the long snapper for the Eagles. Point is, he made all that money playing in the NFL, then went on AGT as a magician trying to win a million bucks. Let someone else get rich Dorenbos

  22. Dang last week he was in front of his team burning a few ex teammates.c well guess what buddy? Those 3 guys u burned on hard knocks STILL HAVE JOBS even with Ertz not wanting any “smoke” and the big guy not having the best footwork. Karma Mychal is a witch!!!! Ill still be praying for u cuz i think its BS that u get cut when your issue was years ago but your former teammates was popped this year during camp and the others only had 500 chances AND let THE TEAM KNOW….let that sink in….. He LET THE DAMN TEAM KNOW when he would b in for camp!!!! However MKs deal from 4 yrs back was sooo bad that hes gone!!!! Maybe yhis will help juice or that def end sneak a spot on the 53 man.

  23. He got terminated for lying in order to get signed. The crime itself wasn’t grounds for it, but misleading the folks who just handed you a few million apparently wasn’t a good thing.

  24. TruFBFan says:
    August 29, 2018 at 8:53 pm
    Still think this is kinda much ado about nothing. Not because I don’t think insider trading is bad. Alot because the guy owned up to it (which most players do not, looking at Edelman right now). But mostly because the guy does what many people do every day. Including Trump. Still respect the Browns for protecting the organization.

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    Funny you pull Trump out of the air. But I doubt he is doing this. Not because he wouldn’t, but because he can’t. He does not trade at all because he is barred from it. I think you are confusing that with how many Senators and Congressmen (who trade a lot) are guilty of insider trafing. I get it you hate him so if your neighbor runs over a kitten your first thought will be ‘well Trump runs over kittens all the time’ but its important to separate your bias from reality. If you want to fight Trump then dont let the visibility on things he does do get buried under a lot of crying wolf. Hysterics over him are not a path to defeating him. We learned that in 2016 and dont need to repeat it in 2020.

  25. eaglesfan77511 says:
    August 30, 2018 at 4:37 am
    Dang last week he was in front of his team burning a few ex teammates.c well guess what buddy? Those 3 guys u burned on hard knocks STILL HAVE JOBS even with Ertz not wanting any “smoke” and the big guy not having the best footwork. Karma Mychal is a witch!!!! Ill still be praying for u cuz i think its BS that u get cut when your issue was years ago but your former teammates was popped this year during camp and the others only had 500 chances AND let THE TEAM KNOW….let that sink in….. He LET THE DAMN TEAM KNOW when he would b in for camp!!!! However MKs deal from 4 yrs back was sooo bad that hes gone!!!! Maybe this will help juice or that def end sneak a spot on the 53 man.

    HE LIED TO/MISLEAD CLEVELAND, THAT IS WHY HE GOT CANNED!

  26. tylawspick6 says:
    August 29, 2018 at 10:10 pm

    Wait, Philly did not report this to Goodell? Kendricks just reported this only to Cleveand and it was never mentioned at all while he was in Philly? It’s just a coincidence that they were walking from him, and only in the spring did Kendricks know he was caught in this scheme, notifying the Browns of it?

    The Eagles had to have known about this and tried to cover it up.

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    He wasn’t charged until yesterday. What did the Eagles have to report to Goodell or to cover up? If they actually suspected him of anything (which is unlikely – sort of doubt Kendricks is just walking around informing others about his misdeeds), seems pretty sufficient they chose to let him walk.

    I know you’re grasping on this because you’re still bent over the SB, but probably a good time to get over it.

  27. campcouch says:
    August 30, 2018 at 6:19 am
    He got terminated for lying in order to get signed. The crime itself wasn’t grounds for it, but misleading the folks who just handed you a few million apparently wasn’t a good thing.

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    Why didn’t the Browns ask “what kind of financial issue” and ask around?

    They either knew or they thought Goodell would help them cover it up like Goodell did for Philly.

  28. mmmpierogi says:
    August 30, 2018 at 8:14 am
    tylawspick6 says:
    August 29, 2018 at 10:10 pm

    Wait, Philly did not report this to Goodell? Kendricks just reported this only to Cleveand and it was never mentioned at all while he was in Philly? It’s just a coincidence that they were walking from him, and only in the spring did Kendricks know he was caught in this scheme, notifying the Browns of it?

    The Eagles had to have known about this and tried to cover it up.

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    He wasn’t charged until yesterday. What did the Eagles have to report to Goodell or to cover up? If they actually suspected him of anything (which is unlikely – sort of doubt Kendricks is just walking around informing others about his misdeeds), seems pretty sufficient they chose to let him walk.

    I know you’re grasping on this because you’re still bent over the SB, but probably a good time to get over it.

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    If he reported to philly that he was subject of an FBI investigation I belive they would be required to report that. However, if he says he is involved in the investigation as a victim (not true we know now) then Im not sure they are required to report that. So it really depends what was said behind closed doirs, so ething none if us will know.

    And really, get over your SB win already. Not everyone that questions your holy heavenly Eagles is doing it because they are sore about your SB win. You would be surprised how many stopped thinking about it long ago and are now focused on this year.

  29. Nofoolnodrool says:
    August 30, 2018 at 6:28 am
    TruFBFan says:
    August 29, 2018 at 8:53 pm
    Still think this is kinda much ado about nothing. Not because I don’t think insider trading is bad. Alot because the guy owned up to it (which most players do not, looking at Edelman right now). But mostly because the guy does what many people do every day. Including Trump. Still respect the Browns for protecting the organization.

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    Funny you pull Trump out of the air. But I doubt he is doing this. Not because he wouldn’t, but because he can’t. He does not trade at all because he is barred from it…
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    Yeah, like that’s stopped him from doing this he supposedly can’t/isn’t supposed to do.

  30. The worst thing Calloway and Gordon have done “Breaking the law” wise since being in the NFL has resulted in them getting traffic tickets, not prison time. Not a good comparison.

    The conspiracy theories that any team knew is ridiculous. Criminals don’t have a history of admitting to their crimes to their employers. That usually ends with being ex employees and from his statement he sounds like a guy who thought someone else was going to take the fall.

  31. It’s super-hilarious how Patriots fans go charging around trying to accuse every other team of cheating these days.

  32. RogerThat! says:
    August 30, 2018 at 8:48 am

    And really, get over your SB win already. Not everyone that questions your holy heavenly Eagles is doing it because they are sore about your SB win. You would be surprised how many stopped thinking about it long ago and are now focused on this year.

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    Good one, except I’m not an Eagles fan and have no horse in this race. Just calling someone (with a history of relentless and baseless trolling) out over obvious sour grapes. Thanks for the insights, though.

  33. The Browns signed him because he’s a good linebacker.

    The Browns cut him because he’s going to prison for admitting guilt to insider trading.

    Even the most ardent Browns haters should be able to understand this.

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