EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - SEPTEMBER 11: (NEW YORK DAILIES OUT) Darron Lee #50 of the New York Jets looks on before a game against the Cincinnati Bengals on September 11, 2016 at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey. The Bengals defeated the Jets 23-22.
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The Buffalo Bills are expected to sign the New York Jets’ first-round pick back in 2016, linebacker Darron Lee.

It feels appropriate that Darron Lee finds a job this week.

According to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, the former New York Jets‘ first-round selection in the 2016 NFL draft is set to sign a deal with the Buffalo Bills.

Lee, 26, played three seasons with the Jets after Mike Maccagnan snagged him with the 20th overall selection four years ago. Life after Maccagnan brought an Adam Gase-engineered trade that sent him to the Kansas City Chiefs for a 2020 sixth-round pick.


Considering the Jets and Chiefs are ready to square up against one another this week, the Lee signing fits the story.

The Ohio State product hasn’t played in an NFL game since last season. His fifth-year option was not exercised and the Chiefs opted to not sign him at the conclusion of the team’s Super Bowl-winning season.

After not playing in a single postseason game for the Chiefs last year, Lee found himself suspended for the first four games of the 2020 season and without a job.

Interestingly, Lee has never been shy about speaking up. He’s been known to pile on the Jets publicly from time to time and even served as a huge reason the Jets changed their uniforms. Other than Jamal Adams, Lee was probably the most outspoken player regarding an updated look.

Lee finds it interesting that he never got the chance to wear the new Gotham Green look.

“I never got to wear them—talk about irony,” Lee told Brian Costello of the New York Post. “I loved them. I’m glad the fans love them. I’m glad they can enjoy them.”

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The Jets haven’t exactly been enjoying the new uniforms. With a combined 7-16 record since the change, the organization that drafted Lee isn’t exactly enjoying its own success.

Save for a last-moment problem, it looks like Darron Lee has found a new home. He’ll just have to wait to face his former team, the New York Jets, for another season (Jets and Bills have already played twice this season).


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