Bills trade former Bob Jones, Alabama star Reggie Ragland to Chiefs

Annette Crawford
August 28, 2017

The Buffalo Bills are already moving on from their second-round pick in the 2016 National Football League draft.

Asked Sunday if Ragland was "fighting for a roster spot", coach Sean McDermott said, "He is, and that said, he's working extremely hard".

The primary reason was that the Bills made him a second-round draft pick from Alabama previous year because they expected him to be a good fit at inside linebacker in Rex Ryan's 3-4 base scheme. Ragland missed the entire 2016 season with a torn ACL he suffered in training camp.

Buffalo has moved from a 3-4 to a 4-3 scheme.

Ragland should be expected to come in and compete with other role players in the team's fourth and final preseason game against the Tennessee Titans.

Defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier raised the possibility of Ragland moving outside in the spring, but that never materialized as he slid down the depth chart. A linebacking core with Ragland and third-year starter Ramik Wilson could potentially cover the Chiefs middle linebacker position for the next decade.

With the trade Buffalo adds another draft choice to their stockpile, though this one will be in the 2019 National Football League draft.

Now those same fans can rejoice with the news that the Chiefs have officially traded for Ragland in a deal with the Buffalo Bills for the reported cost of a future fourth round selection in the 2019 NFL Draft.

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