Kansas City Chiefs Trade Dee Ford To San Francisco

Kansas City Chiefs Trade Dee Ford To San Francisco

According to a report by Sports Illustrated's Albert Breer, the Kansas City Chiefs and the San Francisco 49ers have agreed to parameters on a trade deal for outside linebacker Dee Ford.

A new long-term deal for Ford was reportedly a requirement to get the trade done, and San Francisco will lock him up with a five-year extension worth roughly $87.5 million, a source told NFL Network's James Palmer. He had his best season in 2018 with 13 sacks and an NFL-leading seven forced fumbles. The Chiefs are making significant defensive shifts this offseason, and the primary losses have been the team's two outside pass rushers in Ford and Justin Houston.

While San Francisco runs a different defense than Kansas City, it's fair to wonder how Ford will hold up against the run and whether the Niners envision the 252-pound Ford as more of a strongside linebacker or a "Leo" defensive end.

Ford's trade is just the latest of several unofficial roster moves for the Chiefs ahead of Wednesday's start to the free agency period.

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

Assuming there are no snags, the 49ers finally have the dynamic edge rusher that has been missing since Aldon Smith departed in 2014. Last year, interior lineman DeForest Buckner became the first Niner to reach double-digit sacks since Smith in 2012, but Shanahan and Lynch have been searching for the outside complement to help a team that has lost 11 one-possession games over the past two seasons turn that tide.

"You have to have a guy who can close out games, close out halves", Lynch said. During the 2018 season, coach Kyle Shanahan compared the importance of an edge rusher to the defense to that of a quarterback on offense. I think we're also looking for powerful players.

In return for Ford, the Chiefs will nab a pick that will give them four top 100 picks in the 2020 National Football League draft. They're going to be playing with a quick trigger and getting after it.

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