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Former Tide LB, Reggie Ragland lands a new NFL contract with Detroit Lions

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After three seasons with the Kansas City Chiefs and capturing a Super Bowl, Reggie Ragland has found a new home in the National Football League. 

The former Alabama linebacker agreed to contract terms with the Detroit Lions on Friday, according to a report from Jeremy Fowler of ESPN. Ragland, a second-round pick of the 2016 NFL Draft started his pro career with the Buffalo Bills. He was traded to the Chiefs on Aug. 28, 2017, in exchange for a fourth-rounder in the 2019 draft.

A native of Madison, Ala., Ragland played for the Crimson Tide from 2012 to 2015. He led the team in tackles (102) during his senior year and guided the program to a Southeastern Conference title and a national title. 

For his efforts in 2015, Ragland was a first-team All-SEC selection, a unanimous All-American and the SEC’s Defensive Player of the Year. He was on three SEC Championship teams and two national championship squads.

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Despite losing A’Shawn Robinson to the Rams, the Lions have bounced back with Ragland and will pair him with Da’Shawn Hand for the upcoming season. 

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Stephen M. Smith is the managing editor and senior writer for Touchdown Alabama Magazine.  You can “like” him on Facebook or “follow” him on Twitter, via @CoachingMSmith.

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