San Francisco 49ers trade for Dee Ford

Trading Dee Ford shows Chiefs are willing to lose a marquee player for a better fit

Trading Dee Ford shows Chiefs are willing to lose a marquee player for a better fit

The San Francisco 49ers and Kansas City Chiefs have reportedly agreed on a trade that sends Dee Ford to San Francisco.

According to Breer, the Chiefs will receive the 49ers' 2020 second-round draft pick in return. The Niners are expected to sign Ford to a five-year, $87.5 million deal, according to a report by ESPN's Josina Anderson.

After an excellent 2018 season with 13 sacks and 55 tackles, Ford has earned a payday.

The 27-year-old represents a major upgrade for a 49ers defensive front in search of edge-rush talent to complement its impressive crop of players on the interior. He was a key member of a Chiefs defense that tied for the league lead with 52 sacks in the regular season on its way to the AFC title game, which Kansas City lost to the New England Patriots 37-31.

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Make no mistake, the Chiefs didn't let Ford go because they didn't want him, or as some form of retribution for that costly penalty.

He only had 2.0 sacks in six games in 2016, but had 10 the year before that. "When you have them, they can be a difference-maker".

San Francisco has been searching for a player on the outside fitting that description since it parted ways with Aldon Smith in 2014. "He's had some production and if he is here with us, I'll be excited to have him and be excited to work with him". 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. "But, those are guys that can get to the quarterback and finish him". But considering Ford wasn't much of a player before his contract year, the Chiefs are gambling that they can find a cost-effective replacement in free agency or through the draft.

MMQB first reported on the trade agreement.

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