The Bills are continuing to make moves via trades. On Monday, Buffalo sent 2016 2nd round draft choice Reggie Ragland to the Kansas City Chiefs in exchange for a 2019 4th round pick. This is happening about two weeks after the team made the decision to deal star receiver Sammy Watkins and cornerback Ronald Darby.
With all of the deals the Bills have made recently, including a draft day trade down that gave them the Chiefs 1st round pick in 2018, many are speculating that the Bills are in tank mode.
Despite their potential tank job, this is a confusing decision from Buffalo’s perspective. Reggie Ragland, a former star linebacker at the University of Alabama, was their 2nd round draft selection in 2016 after an impressive college career. Ragland suffered a torn ACL that forced him to miss the entirety of his rookie season. Even with an unimpressive start to the preseason, Ragland is still just 23 years old and has a lot of promise and appears to be a force against the run. His youth and talent could have made him a key factor in the Bills’s rebuild.
This is an excellent move on the Chiefs part. Derrick Johnson has been fantastic in his 12 seasons with Kansas City, but because he is getting up there in age and coming off a pretty serious Achilles injury, it’s clear his career will be coming to an end soon. Aside from Ramik Wilson, there wasn’t an immediate replacement in sight before this trade. Ragland fits seamlessly into the Chiefs 3-4 scheme, and will be able to start day 1 for Kansas City if Derrick Johnson isn’t ready. He may not ever be the player many expect him to be after a torn ACL, but it is a low risk move for the Chiefs for a linebacker that can plug gaps and make an impact as a blitzer for a decade.