Richburg, the 43rd overall selection in the 2014 NFL Draft, will reportedly sign a five-year deal with the San Francisco 49ers. He played in only four games in 2017 because of a concussion. Richburg only missed one game in his first three NFL seasons and wasn’t very happy when he was placed on injured reserve with nine games remaining on the schedule. He eventually cleared the concussion protocol but never returned to the active roster.
Richburg’s departure was hastened by the play of Brett Jones, who helped the Canadian Football League’s Calgary Stampeders win the Grey Cup in 2014. Jones started 13 games in 2017 as a guard and center. Jones, an undrafted free agent out of the University of Regina (Canada), is also more cost effective.
According to the NFL Network, Kennard will sign a three-year deal worth $18.75 million. He spent four seasons with the Giants after he was drafted 174th overall in 2014. Kennard had 134 total tackles (70 solo), 9.5 sacks, eight passes defended, three forced fumbles, and two fumbles recovered. The arrival of former Los Angeles Rams linebacker Alec Ogletree made Kennard expendable.
Signings will not be official until the new league year begins on Wednesday at 4:00 p.m. EDT.