AROUND THE NFL Tuesday’s news & notes
Former Eagle LB Kendricks signed
The Browns signed free agent linebacker Mychal Kendricks, who started last season for the Super Bowl champion Philadelphia Eagles.
Hendricks’ official signing ends a strange sequence of denials about going to Cleveland and contradictory messages coming from his agent.
The 27-year-old started 13 regular-season games last season and all three during the Eagles’ postseason title run. He underwent ankle surgery in March and Philadelphia released him on May 22.
Kendricks also visited with Minnesota and Oakland. Brother Eric starts at linebacker for the Vikings.
A seven-year NFL veteran, Kendricks brings more depth to Cleveland’s group of linebackers. He provides more options to a unit that’s undergone significant change in the offseason.
To make room for Kendricks, the Browns released linebacker Tank Carder, who had been the team since 2012. He missed all last season after tearing a knee ligament during an exhibition game.
Hawkins, McGee go on injured reserve
The Pittsburgh Steelers have placed offensive lineman Jerald Hawkins and tight end Jake McGee on injured reserve after they were hurt during organized team activities last week. Both players are out for the 2018 season.
The Steelers announced the moves on Tuesday. The team said Hawkins and McGee were injured on May 30.
This is the second time in three years that Hawkins will not play a snap during the regular season due to injury.
A fourth-round pick by the Steelers in 2016, Hawkins missed his rookie season due to a shoulder issue suffered during training camp. He appeared in five games in 2017 for the AFC North champions.
McGee spent 2017 on Pittsburgh’s practice squad.
The Steelers filled the roster spots vacated by Hawkins and McGee by signing offensive tackle Bryce Harris and tight end Ryan Malleck to one-year contracts.