Giants linebacker Devon Kennard said he would look forward to working with new head coach Pat Shurmur, new defensive coordinator James Bettcher and the rest of New York's new coaching staff in 2018 if he returns to the team.
An unrestricted free agent, Kennard, 26, said on Radio Row at Super Bowl LII he hopes to hear from new GM Dave Gettleman, with whom he met once according to Newsday's Tom Rock, but understands the business aspect of football.
"I expect to hear from them in the next few weeks now that the coaching staff is established," Kennard, who earned $1.8 million last year in the final year of his rookie deal, said, according to Rock. "Maybe then, but you never know. I don't know what they're thinking because it's a new GM and head coach. I don't know where they stand."
Kennard, who recorded 41 combined tackles, four sacks and one fumble recovery in his fourth professional season last year, said he believes he would flourish under Bettcher's defensive schemes.
"That's very advantageous to my skill set," Kennard said.
Kennard, a native of Tempe, Arizona, has worked closely with several former Cardinals players who played under Bettcher in Arizona, and said they speak highly of Bettcher.
"I know a lot of guys who play for the Cardinals from going back home and training with them," Kennard said. "They have great things to say about him, his defense and what he can do. It's multiple and he likes versatile linebackers. That sounds right up my alley."