Kennard and the Lions have reached agreement on a three-year, $18.75 million contract, Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press reports.
A 2014 fifth-round selection, Kennard landed between 41 and 61 tackles each of his four seasons with the Giants, adding 9.5 sacks, three forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries and an interception in 52 games. He has experience both rushing the passer and dropping into coverage, potentially making him a strong fit at outside linebacker as the Lions transition to more 3-4 looks under new head coach Matt Patricia.
Kennard recorded 41 tackles (24 solo), four sacks, two passes defensed and a fumble recovery in 15 games throughout his 2017 campaign.
Kennard's services were used on both defense and special teams by the Giants for the fourth consecutive season, though his 41 tackles marked a career low in a single campaign. The 26-year-old outside linebacker will be an unrestricted free agent this offseason, so he may find himself somewhere other than New York in 2018.
Kennard (quadriceps) is active for Sunday's matchup with the Chiefs.
Kennard will slot back into his starting strong-side linebacker position after missing Week 10's matchup with the 49ers. His stat line this season hasn't been too impressive, with just 23 tackles (12 solo) and one sack, leaving him off most fantasy radars.
Kennard (quadriceps) is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Chiefs, Jordan Raanan of ESPN.com reports.
Kennard is one of three Giants linebackers on the Week 11 injury report , as B.J. Goodson (ankle) has been ruled out and Kelvin Sheppard (groin) is listed as doubtful. Curtis Grant would be the top candidate to start at one of the outside linebacker spots if Kennard joins Goodson and Sheppard in street clothes Sunday.
Kennard (quadriceps) has been ruled out for Sunday's game against the 49ers, Art Stapleton of The Bergen Record reports.
Kennard will miss his first game since the 2015 season, but the fourth-year pro's impact has been limited to just 23 tackles (12 solo) and one sack through eight games. Curtis Grant will take over at strong-side linebacker for the time being.
|2014||New York Giants||12||43||35.0||8||4.5||0||0||0.0||0||0||1|
|2015||New York Giants||9||58||37.0||21||0||1||0||0.0||0||0||4|
|2016||New York Giants||16||61||40.0||21||1||0||0||0.0||0||0||1|
|2017||New York Giants||15||41||24.0||17||4||0||0||0.0||0||0||2|
|Year||Team||G||Fum||Lost||Fum Forced||Own Rec||Opp Rec||Yds||Tot Rec||TD|
|2014||New York Giants||12||0||0||2||0||0||0||0||0|
|2015||New York Giants||9||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|2016||New York Giants||16||0||0||1||0||1||0||1||0|
|2017||New York Giants||15||0||0||0||0||1||0||1||0|