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Giants free agency 2018: LB Devon Kennard leaving for Detroit Lions

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The New York Giants’ linebacking corps will be missing a familiar face in 2018. Devon Kennard, a fifth-round pick by the Giants in the 2014 NFL Draft, is reportedly signing a free-agent contract with the Detroit Lions.

Kennard excited Giants fans hungry for good linebackers with 4.5 sacks in 12 games (six starts) as a rookie, but really never again matched that production.

For the past couple of seasons, former defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo used Kennard frequently as a pass-rushing defensive lineman and relied on him less and less as a traditional linebacker. Kennard had four sacks in 2017.

Initial reports indicate Kennard will get a three-year, $18.75 million deal from Detroit.

The Giants added to their linebacker group last week by trading for Alec Ogletree, but have more work to do there. Only Ogletree and B.J. Goodson appear to be players on the roster who can be regular contributors at linebacker.