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Report: Detroit Lions to sign LB Devon Kennard

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The Detroit Lions have made their first defensive signing in free agency.

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After 24 hours of tampering, the Detroit Lions finally have their first agreement with a free agent in place. According to NFL Network’s Peter Schrager, the Detroit Lions will be signing Giants linebacker Devon Kennard:

According to Schrager, the deal is worth $18.75 million over three years.

Kennard, 26, is a former fifth-round pick for the Giants and has been a versatile option in New York. He has experience at middle linebacker, defensive end and strongside linebacker. For the Giants, he mostly spend his time split between strong side and with his hand in the ground as an edge rusher. Here’s a look at his career stats:

2014: 12 games (6 starts): 43 tackles, 4.5 sacks
2015: 9 games (9 starts): 58 tackles, 4 passes defended, 1 INT
2016: 16 games (9 starts): 61 tackles, 1.0 sacks, 1 pass defended
2017: 15 games (11 starts): 41 tackles, 4.0 sacks, 2 passes defended

With Tahir Whitehead possibly on the move, Kennard will immediately come into Detroit and compete for a starting job alongside second-year player Jalen Reeves-Maybin. However, his versatility could also make him a potential rotational player on the defensive line, depending on what scheme the Lions will choose.