The Bills have traded fourth-year safety Ko Simpson to the Detroit Lions for an undisclosed draft pick in 2010.
Simpson, 6’1″ 202lbs out of South Carolina, played in all sixteen games for Buffalo last season with 66 tackles and 0 interceptions.
Ko was slotted second in the depth chart behind FS Donte Whitner whom he coupled with in 2006 as the only rookie safety tandem in the NFL. Bryan Scott currently looks to fill the starting strong safety spot against the Patriots next week.
While the move demonstrates a desire for the Bills to re-tool in the 2010 draft, Ko is a young and skilled player who provided ample depth downfield. That having been said, the Bills are probably strongest defensively at the DB and S positions and if they were going to lose players from anywhere this will probably have the least immediate impact.
We just have to hope that Donte can stay healthy this year.