The drama is over. Linebacker Mychal Kendricks signed on the dotted line, the team announced this morning.
Kendricks joined the Browns on a one-year contract with a maximum value of $3.5 million.
The Browns terminated the contract of linebacker/special teamer Tank Carder to clear a roster space.
The Kendricks deal didn’t come without anxious moments.
The agreement was originally reported Sunday afternoon, to which Kendricks reacted with a profanity-laced comment to the Pioneer Press denying a deal had been reached. A few hours later, the two sides got completely on the same page.
Kendricks, 27, was released by the Eagles on May 22 in a cost-cutting move. He’s expected to be at the Browns’ organized team activities practice later today.
Kendricks (5-foot-11, 240 pounds) joins a linebacker group with all three starters returning — Jamie Collins, Christian Kirksey and Joe Schobert. Kendricks started 74 games in six years with the Eagles and played 60 percent of the defensive snaps last year on the way to the Eagles’ first Super Bowl championship.
He has totaled 456 tackles, 14 sacks, three interceptions, 25 passes defensed, six forced fumbles and five fumble recoveries in his career.
He started 13 games in the regular season last year, collecting 73 tackles and six passes defended. He started all three playoff games, including Super Bowl LII against the Patriots.
He was a second-round pick in 2012.
Only receiver Josh Gordon had been with the Browns longer than Carder. He joined the team via waivers in 2012 and appeared in 77 games with 20 tackles on defense and 38 on special teams.
He missed all of last season with a torn anterior cruciate ligament suffered in the preseason.
“Thank you @Browns and the fans for everything over the years, it’s been a crazy ride!” Carder tweeted. “Not always fun, but made lasting relationships I will carry with me. With every ending is a new beginning #dawgpond #browns #clevelandbrowns”