By Dan Benton
When the New York Giants hired James Bettcher as their next defensive coordinator and it was announced the team will switch to a 3-4 scheme, veteran linebacker Devon Kennard, an impending free agent, suddenly seemed very interested in returning.
“I know a lot of guys who play for the Cardinals from going back home and training with them,” Kennard told Newsday. “They have great things to say about [Bettcher], his defense and what he can do. It’s multiple and he likes versatile linebackers. That sounds right up my alley.
“That’s very advantageous to my skill set.”
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Although it seemed like an ideal fit for the Giants and Kennard, the two sides have apparently decided to part ways.
Peter Schrager of FOX Sports reports that Kennard will sign a three-year, $18.75 million deal with the Detroit Lions once free agency opens officially on Wednesday.
Kennard, a fifth-round pick out of USC in the 2014 NFL Draft, appeared in 52 career games for the Giants, recording 203 tackles (136 solo), 16 stuffs, 9.5 sacks, eight passes defensed and one interception. He also played a quality role on special...