The banged-up 49ers are expected to sign veteran linebacker Mychal Kendricks to a contract Monday, pending a physical, according to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport.
The 31-year-old will provide the 49ers with a starting option at SAM linebacker after Marcel Harris suffered a right thumb fracture in Week 5. Last week, 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan said Harris could return shortly after the team’s bye. San Francisco hosts the Indianapolis Colts Sunday night before a road game at the Chicago Bears next week.
Kendricks, who played his college ball at Cal, and the 49ers have been linked since August. Kendricks played in one preseason game with San Francisco before he was sidelined by turf toe and the team released him off the injured reserve with an injury settlement. Kendricks also reportedly worked out for the 49ers on Oct. 4, but finally put pen to paper this time around.
Listed at 5-foot-11, 240 pounds, Kendricks played in one game with the Washington Football Team last season after spending most of the season on the Seattle Seahawks practice squad. In 2019 he played 14 games for Seattle and made 71 tackles with three sacks.His best years came with the Philadelphia Eagles from 2013-15, when he averaged nearly 70 tackles, four sacks and nine tackles-for-loss.
Kendricks dealt with legal trouble earlier this year when he was reportedly sentenced to one day in jail, three years of probation and 300 hours of community service for pleading guilty to insider trading in 2018.
Linebacker Dre Greenlaw is expected to return off the injured reserve in the coming weeks after suffering a groin/core injury in Week 1, so the 49ers linebacking corps appears to be on the mend.