49ers, Chiefs agree to terms on Dee Ford deal

Florence Fletcher
March 14, 2019

The Kansas City Chiefs have reached an agreement to send outside linebacker Dee Ford to the San Francisco 49ers for a second-round pick in the 2020 National Football League draft, a source tells Yahoo Sports.

The 49ers finally landed a premier pass rusher off the edge. Not only do the Niners, who Josina Anderson reports will sign Ford to a five-year, $87.5 million deal, anticipate they'll be drafting a lot later than second overall in each round next year, the usual cost of poaching a franchise tag recipient is two first-rounders.

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.

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

Kansas City's defensive scheme change from a 3-4 to a 4-3 was a key reason why the team shopped Ford.

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Outside linebacker Dee Ford became the Chiefs' latest player to not be retained for next season.

The 49ers were reportedly one of two teams interested in Ford, according to an earlier report by Rapoport. He amassed 10.5 sacks and 14.5 tackles for a loss during his senior year. Ford recorded 51 total tackles and 13 sacks in 2018, matching a career high set in 2016.

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

That has the potential to be a premier pass rushing foursome which could be swing the team's historic takeaway numbers in the other direction.

In return for Ford, the Chiefs will reportedly receive a 2020 second-round pick.

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