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Arizona Cardinals sign Phoenix-native LB Devon Kennard

Kennard, a team captain for the Lions last season, was released by Detroit this week. Kennard sacked Kyler Murray 3 times in Week 1 of 2019.
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Detroit Lions outside linebacker Devon Kennard plays against the Chicago Bears during an NFL football game in Detroit, Thursday, Nov. 28, 2019. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

GLENDALE, Ariz. — Phoenix-native Devon Kennard is back in the Valley after reportedly signing a 3-year deal with the Arizona Cardinals, sources confirm to 12 Sports. 

The Desert Vista High School alum has spent six seasons in the NFL after he was drafted in the fifth-round by the New York Giants in 2014.

Kennard, 28, spent four seasons in New York and then two in Detroit. In 2019, Kennard was a team captain for the Lions.

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The Lions signed Kennard to a three-year deal worth $17.5 million in 2018. 

Detroit released Kennard this week.

Kennard had seven sacks in each year with the Lions. He sacked Kyler Murray three times in Week 1 last season. He also totaled 104 combined tackles in 31 games. He missed one game, in 2018. 

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This marks the second-straight year the Cardinals have made an impact signing at linebacker after Jordan Hicks prior to the 2019 season, who had an impressive year in Arizona.

Kennard joins a linebacker corps for the Cardinals that includes Chandler Jones, Hicks, Cassius Marsh, Joe Walker and Dennis Gardeck. 

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