The anticipated end of Reggie Ragland's brief time with the Buffalo Bills came Monday when the team announced it had traded the linebacker to the Kansas City Chiefs.
The Bills will receive a 2019 fourth-round draft pick from Kansas City.
Speculation began during the offseason that Ragland's days in Buffalo might be numbered as he worked his way back from the major knee injury that caused the 2016 second-round draft pick to miss all of his rookie season.
The primary reason was the Bills had expected him to be a good fit at inside linebacker in Rex Ryan's 3-4 base scheme -- so much that to get him, they swapped second-round spots with the Chicago Bears (who were at 41, while the Bills were at 49) and also gave the Bears one of their fourth-round picks in 2016 and a fourth-rounder in 2017.
All of that changed when Ryan was fired at the end of last season, and coach Sean McDermott arrived with a 4-3 base that didn't fit Ragland. The Chiefs employ a 3-4 base.
Ragland had seen decreasing playing time at middle linebacker in the preseason. He was buried on the depth chart behind Preston Brown, who has performed well as the starter at the position, while getting most of his work on special teams.
Asked Sunday if Ragland was "fighting for a roster spot," McDermott said, "He is, and that said, he’s working extremely hard. You saw him play extensively (in Saturday night's preseason game against the Baltimore Ravens) on special teams. A big part of being a linebacker is playing special teams, embracing that role, and I thought he did some good things there."