According to Jeremy Folwer, the Detroit Lions have agreed to a contract with free agent linebacker Reggie Ragland.
ILB Reggie Ragland has agreed to terms with the Detroit Lions, per source. Former first-round pick won Super Bowl with the Chiefs.— Jeremy Fowler (@JFowlerESPN) March 27, 2020
Contract details have yet to be disclosed.
Ragland was a second-round pick (41st overall) of the Buffalo Bills out of Alabama in 2016. Unfortunately, he would not see any game action his rookie year due to a torn ACL in training camp.
In 2017, under a new defensive coordinator and in a new 4-3 scheme, Ragland couldn’t beat out Preston Brown for the starting middle linebacker spot and subsequently was traded to the Kansas City Chiefs for a fourth round draft pick in the 2019 NFL Draft. He spent the last three years with the Chiefs — which included the starting nod at middle linebacker in the Super Bowl.
Reggie Ragland laying the boom! 🐘pic.twitter.com/pzPwwcsNpd— Alabama DieHards (@AlabamaDieHards) October 28, 2019
He has started 32 career games in his career with 160 total tackles.
Weighing in at 252 pounds, he fits the size requirements of the head coach Matt Patricia’s defense. Ragland is an old school thumper who is not the most athletic, but can plug holes and not lose ground — the perfect Patricia MIKE linebacker.
Suddenly, the Lions off-ball linebacker unit is loaded with depth at the position.
(The article will be updated to provide more information as it becomes available.)