49ers acquire Pro Bowl pass rusher Dee Ford in trade with Chiefs

Heather Diaz
March 14, 2019

The San Francisco 49ers have agreed to the terms of a trade for Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Dee Ford, according to Albert Breer of The MMQB and Ian Rapoport of NFL Network. The Chiefs made Ford, who played college football at Auburn, the No. 23 overall selection in 2014.

Ford produced a career-high 13 sacks and forced a league-high seven forced fumbles in 2018.

Going from playing under the franchise tag to a whopping five-year extension is unbelievable for a player like Ford, and as hard as it's going to be leaving a playoff-caliber team in Kansas City, at least a fresh start in San Francisco will be a great opportunity for the defensive end.

The interesting thing about a deal to the 49ers, though, is San Francisco also runs a 4-3 defense.

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Just last week, the Chiefs put a franchise tag on Ford, though reports indicated a deal was in the works. He amassed 10.5 sacks and 14.5 tackles for a loss during his senior year. San Francisco already agreed to terms on a four-year deal worth up to $54 million for Tampa Bay Buccaneers linebacker and impending free agent Kwon Alexander. An undersized defensive end didn't seem to be the right fit.

Adding Ford shouldn't keep the 49ers from finding another edge rusher this offseason.

Ford will reportedly receive a significant contract extension from the 49ers. It remains likely they target the position with their first-round pick in the upcoming NFL Draft with Ohio State's Nick Bosa and Kentucky's Josh Allen as the favored candidates. We'd give it an "A" if Ford had more than two productive seasons coming in - and if he didn't undergo back surgery in 2017, which shouldn't be overlooked.

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