According to Mike Garafolo, the Detroit Lions are releasing linebacker Devon Kennard.
#Lions are releasing LB Devon Kennard, source says. Bit of a surprise there. Team captain coming off back-to-back seven-sack seasons. Should have interest elsewhere.— Mike Garafolo (@MikeGarafolo) March 17, 2020
Kennard was going into the last year of his three-year deal and was a team captain a year ago. His release saves the Lions $6.5-million dollars and allows the team more wiggle room to upgrade the position.
Mostly a pass rusher at the JACK backer position in Matt Patricia’s scheme, Kennard posted back to back seven-sack seasons since singing in Detroit. Despite decent production, the 28-year old never really was a viable threat on the edge. He started 30 of 32 possible games for the Lions since signing a free agent deal in 2018.
Given the Lions woes getting to the quarterback, something needed to change. Expect another free agent acquisition or draft pick to be used on a pass rusher.
Kennard is a nice role player, but if the #Lions were serious about improving pressure from the edge, it was wise to move on and save money.— Logan Lamorandier (@LLamorandier) March 17, 2020
Now, the Lions just need to actually improve the position. We'll see if that happens.
(The article will be updated to provide more information as it becomes available.)