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Former Alabama linebacker, Reggie Ragland headed to New York Giants on a one-year deal

Reggie Ragland celebrates a big play for Alabama in 2015 Sugar Bowl versus Ohio State
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Reggie Ragland becomes the latest alum from the University of Alabama on the move during NFL free agency.

According to a report from Josina Anderson and the New York Giants, Ragland is headed to the Giants on a one-year deal.

He spent last season with the Detroit Lions after being with the Kansas City Chiefs for three years. A native of Madison, Ala., Ragland was traded to the Chiefs from the Buffalo Bills on Aug. 28, 2017. He collected 44 tackles in his first year and 86 tackles during the 2018 season. In 2019, Ragland assisted the Chiefs in winning its first Super Bowl championship since 1969.

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He was taken in the second round of the 2016 NFL Draft by the Buffalo Bills. Before turning pro, Ragland played linebacker under Nick Saban at Alabama from 2012 to 2015. He posted 220 career tackles and 17.5 tackles for loss. As a former four-star recruit, he became a dominant player in 2015. Ragland turned in 102 tackles (6.5 for loss), 2.5 sacks, seven pass breakups, six quarterback hurries, and two forced fumbles. He won SEC Defensive Player of the Year and earned Unanimous All-American honors.

Ragland helped the Tide to three SEC championships (2012, 2014-15) and two national titles (2012, 2015) in his tenure.

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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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