Kansas City Chiefs: Ramik Wilson Has A Future With Chiefs

Kansas City Chiefs Outside linebacker Ramik Wilson (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Ramik Wilson
Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Ramik Wilson. Mandatory Credit: Bruce Kluckhohn-USA TODAY Sports /

The Kansas City Chiefs cut linebacker Ramik Wilson at the beginning of the season, but since his return to the roster he has been a solid player.

There aren’t many looming concerns for the Kansas City Chiefs this offseason. However, one potential issue that worries Chiefs Kingdom is the eventual retirement of linebacker Derrick Johnson. Ever since the Chiefs switched to a 3-4 defense, Johnson has been a key cog for the organization. So it makes sense there is a major question as to how KC will replace him. The answer to that question may already be on the roster though in Ramik Wilson.

Full disclosure, I have been a fan of Ramik Wilson from day one. While still with Arrowhead Addict, I had mocked Wilson to the Chiefs in the 2015 draft as a potential heir to Derrick Johnson. That prediction was in serious jeopardy at the beginning of this season when the Chiefs cut Wilson and signed veteran linebacker Sam Barrington.

Fortunately, the Chiefs corrected their error and let Barrington go while bringing back Ramik Wilson. Since then, Wilson has performed admirably for the Chiefs. That is especially true when he has gotten the opportunity to play the role now vacated by an injured Derrick Johnson. Wilson’s performance this year should give Kansas City some confidence in life after DJ.

Replacing key losses from within is how good teams turn into powerhouse franchises. A team needs to be able to overcome the loss of a player without relying on outside means. That is why solid drafting and development of talent is so key to the sustained success of an organization. Ramik Wilson appears to be a solid example of that for the Chiefs.