The Detroit Lions officially have a pair of new linebackers. The team formalized agreements with Devon Kennard and Christian Jones on Thursday morning, signing both to multi-year contracts.

As far as Matt Patricia and his defense, I watch a lot of film and I really admire what he’s done on the defensive side of the ball for a long time, Kennard said. I’m definitely familiar with him and the scheme that he uses and the success he’s had with New England for so long.

Both players are known for their versatility. Kennard, a 6-foot-4, 256-pound strongside linebacker, spent much of last season lining up along the line of scrimmage as an edge rusher for the New York Giants.

In an interview after the season, he noted that he played just under 50 percent of the team’s defensive snaps and was hoping to find a home where he could have a bigger role.

The Jets picked Cooper up midseason, and he ed in eight games. Originally a third-round pick of the Browns, he was claimed off waivers by the 49ers and ed seven games there.

The Jets obviously think he can at least provide some depth, on the line, after jettisoning Muhammad Wilkerson.

Kendricks, a sixth-year pro, caught five passes.It appears that you already have account on this site associated with.As a senior, he was a consensus All-Big 12 first-team and second-team Academic All-Big 12 choice, and earned honorable mention All- honors from Sports Illustrated after rushing for 1 yards and 15 touchdowns.