Thursday, 21 March, 2019

49ers, Chiefs agree to terms on Dee Ford deal

Report: Chiefs trading Dee Ford to 49ers Source: Chiefs Agree to Trade OLB Dee Ford to 49ers for 2020 Second-Round Pick
Rita Gibson | 13 March, 2019, 18:40

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reported they're deep in talks with the Kansas City Chiefs to acquire pass rusher Dee Ford.

San Francisco will send a 2020 second-round pick to Kansas City, a source confirmed.

ESPN's Josina Anderson also reported Ford would receive a five-year deal for $87.5 million once the trade becomes official. Ford was rated as the top edge rusher by Pro Football Focus past year, and you don't let that kind of talent go voluntarily.

After an inconsistent four-year stretch to start his career, Ford amassed a career-high 13 sacks in 2018, tied for the eighth-most in the NFL.

For point of comparison, the 49ers forced seven turnovers all of past year, were tied for 22nd in sacks and didn't have an outside rusher with more than 5.5 sacks. On multiple occasions, a sack that forced a fumble or a hurry that led to an interception might have been all that separated the Niners from victory.

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Ford entered the NFL as the Chiefs first round pick in the 2014 NFL Draft. He missed 10 games the next season due to a back injury. That's not just a price you pay every single time.

For the 49ers, adding a premium edge rusher - or two - has always been at the top of their offseason shopping list.

Trading Ford frees up about $15.4 million in cap space. They still possess the second overall pick in the upcoming National Football League draft, and if they use that selection on, say, Ohio State's Nick Bosa or Kentucky's Josh Allen, it's easy to see why the 49ers would be excited.

Ford would likely play SAM linebacker in the 49ers' base defense, then moved down to defensive end in sub packages.

The 49ers still have a long way to go to build a championship contender, but Ford - despite his previous mishap - is the exact kind of player that will help them get there.

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