Brandon Beane has shown he's not afraid to make big trades.
The Buffalo Bills' general manager shocked the NFL last week when he sent wide receiver Sammy Watkins to the Los Angeles Rams and cornerback Ronald Darby to the Philadelphia Eagles in separate transactions. That deal inspired NFL.com writer Marc Sessler to put together a list of seven possible trades that, in his words, "make sense for all parties involved."
Not surprisingly, the Bills make Sessler's list. He suggests the team sends linebacker Reggie Ragland to the Kansas City Chiefs. Ragland has been mentioned as a trade candidate since he slipped to third on the depth chart at middle linebacker. Beane was asked last week whether he had received any inquiries on Ragland, but not surprisingly declined to comment.
"Hand-picked by Rex Ryan, Ragland was identified as an ideal fit for the ex-Buffalo coach's 3-4 scheme," writes Sessler, who didn't indicate what the Bills would get back in his potential trade – the obvious key consideration for Beane if any deal were to be struck. "In Sean McDermott's 4-3 operation, though, the hard-hitting Alabama star has failed to click, riding with the third-team defense in recent days. Ragland's rookie season was washed away by a knee injury, but the 2016 second-rounder is filled with promise as an old-school, aggressive defender who fearlessly seeks out ball carriers. I'd love to see him grow in Kansas City, where the team could use an understudy to Derrick Johnson, who turns 35 this November. Few teams do a better job of developing young defenders -- the kind of attention Ragland desperately needs."