Chiefs agree to trade Dee Ford to 49ers for a bargain price

Lynette Rowe
March 13, 2019

The 49ers have reportedly agreed to the deal that many fans hoped would come.

The Kansas City Chiefs have agreed to trade outside linebacker Dee Ford to the San Francisco 49ers, Sports Illustrated's Albert Breer reported on Tuesday.

The Chiefs slapped the franchise tag on Ford at $15.4 million in 2019 after a career year but were never going to give him the long-term contract he desires.

According to multiple reports, Kansas City received a second-round pick in the 2020 draft.

A first-round pick of the Chiefs in 2014, Ford finished tied for fifth in the NFL in quarterback hurries with 29 and tied for seventh in the league in sacks with 13.

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.

So, what did the Chiefs get in return for the star pass rusher? While his 2018 season was a big one, it was also only the second time he'd posted more than four sacks in his five seasons with the Chiefs.

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However, with Ford's ability to rush the passer, adding that kind of talent is clearly the priority for the 49ers.

Ford, 28, was amenable to playing 2019 on the franchise tag, but Kansas City is shifting away from the 3-4 defensive scheme it used under former defensive coordinator Bob Sutton, who was sacked at the end of the season after leading the NFL's 31st-ranked defense.

The interesting thing about a deal to the 49ers, though, is San Francisco also runs a 4-3 defense. He played in a 4-3 during his college career at Auburn.

He only had 2.0 sacks in six games in 2016, but had 10 the year before that.

One way to help solve that and still maximize Ford is for the Niners to continue to invest in the outside pass rush. If the Arizona Cardinals use the No. 1 overall pick on a quarterback, the 49ers would have access to Ohio State's Nick Bosa, considered the draft's top prospect.

The 49ers may still choose to select an EDGE, but for now, they have seriously improved at the position.

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