Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Lovie Smith just announced they have made a trade with the Kansas City Chiefs. The Bucs are sending safety Kelcie McCray to Kansas City while the Chiefs are sending guard Rishaw Johnson to the Bucs.
Bucs have acquired guard Rishaw Johnson from the Chiefs in trade for backup safety Kelcie McCray, Lovie Smith announces ...— Greg Auman (@gregauman) August 21, 2014
Smith said the Bucs are always looking to improve our roster. Rishaw Johnson is a good young player and Chiefs got a good one in McCray.— PewterReport.com (@PewterReport) August 21, 2014
If you had told me a few months ago this trade would happen, I wouldn't have believed you. Rishaw Johson entered the Chiefs offseason first in line for the starting right guard job after a solid Week 17 effort in 2013. The Chiefs drafted Zach Fulton in May and he has since overtaken Johnson for that job. Ricky Henry and Jeff Linkenbach are other guards on the Chiefs roster who have a shot to make it. In fact, my Chiefs 53-man roster prediction was difficult because I thought you could make a case for any of those guards on the roster. Johnson does seem to have slipped behind the others over the last few weeks.
Nick Jacobs recently wrote, "Johnson can't handle a bull rush and doesn't seem to understand blocking angles."
McCray is a 2012 undrafted free agent out of Arkansas State. He first signed with the Miami Dolphins before being placed on injured reserve. The Bucs picked him up last October. He ended the season appearing in 15 games for the Dolphins and Bucs. He is 25 years old and listed at 6'1 and 205 pounds.
The Chiefs are currently without Eric Berry, who has a heel injury. Presumptive third safety Sanders Commings had ankle surgery a few weeks ago so he's not an option right now. McCray comes in as another player competing, not necessarily a lock to make the roster as the Chiefs face cut downs in August 26 and August 30.
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