LA Rams: Hollins to IR, best free agent OLBs to keep an eye on

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II: Golden Bear

A second option is a name we’ve mentioned before, in a 5-foot-11 240-pound versatile linebacker formerly out of California named Mychal Kendricks. He was rather productive all the way through 2019. But in 2020, he was on the Seattle Seahawks practice squad until signed by the Washington Football team in December 2020. He ultimately played eight defensive snaps for Washington last year.

Kendricks was originally selected by the Philadelphia Eagles with the 46th overall pick in the 2012 NFL Draft. He’s played six years for the Eagles, two years for the Seattle Seahawks, and one season for Washington.

He was signed by the San Francisco 49ers in 2021 but suffered a turf toe injury. The 49ers paid him an injury settlement and released him on September 2nd.

Now, at the end of September 2021, he should be healed and ready to return to football.

Kendricks is another rotational player who should come at a good price point. He has solid NFL experience to play either inside or outside linebacker, is very familiar with NFC West teams, and played for the Eagles in 2017 during their Super Bowl-winning season.

As recently as 2019, he started 14 games for the Seattle Seahawks and had 71 tackles, three quarterback sacks, one interception, one force fumble, and four pass breakups. The LA Rams do not need him to start for this team, merely to serve in a rotational role, a role that he could be very successful at.