Chiefs trading Dee Ford to 49ers

Dee Ford

Dee Ford

The San Francisco 49ers agreed to a trade Tuesday to acquire Dee Ford from the Kansas City Chiefs, a source told Albert Breer of The MMQB. He recorded 55 combined tackles and league-high seven forced fumbles to go along with his career-high sack total this past season.

The 49ers haven't had an edge rusher reach double-digits in sacks since Aldon Smith had 19 1/2 in 2012 and have the fifth-fewest overall sacks in the National Football League the past six seasons. According to Pro Football Focus, Ford led all edge rushers with 78 pressures and a 91.0 overall grade last season.

The team entered the week with $66 million in cap space and likely had some $52 million to work with after agreeing to a deal with inside linebacker Kwon Alexander earlier in the week. He had 17 1/2 sacks his first four seasons and was limited to just six games in 2017 because of a back injury. Ford, who will turn 28 on March 19, also was selected to play in the Pro Bowl for the first time.

Unfortunately, one of the tough things about a player in Ford's position is how he's deserving of a hefty payday, which seemed like may come down the road after Kansas City chose to use the franchise tag on the defender for now.

Moving Ford seemed inevitable after the Chiefs chose to switch from a 3-4 base defense to a 4-3 under new coordinator Steve Spagnuolo, the former Giants defensive coordinator.

Ford, 27, recorded 13 sacks and 29 quarterback hits in 2018.

There's been some talk about Ford's fit in San Francisco's scheme.

This is a great move for the 49ers who can have some flexibility at the No. 2 pick if they choose to pass on Bosa or Allen and prefer to look at other positions, such as defensive tackle Quinnen Williams. Ford is an undeniably quick, talented edge rusher, but he's spent most of his career as a 3-4 outside linebacker.

The Chiefs and 49ers have been in negotiations for Ford the past couple of weeks, and the two came to an agreement before the official start of free agency.

Ford's struggles against the run shouldn't matter much.

Recommended News

  • NASA administrator plays down Boeing 737 Max safety concerns

    NASA administrator plays down Boeing 737 Max safety concerns

    Shares in the airline have now dropped 6.8 percent this week as investors anxious about the impact of the Ethiopian crash . The system prevents the aircraft from pointing upwards at too high an angle, where it could lose its lift.
    Elizabeth Warren Says Facebook Removing Her Ad Proves Her Point

    Elizabeth Warren Says Facebook Removing Her Ad Proves Her Point

    That's not to say that Warren and others aren't right to say that some tech companies may have too much power, Facebook included. She chose to advertise her stance on Facebook, one of the platforms she's looking to dismantle, along with Amazon and Google .
    Packers trade up in mock draft following free agency signings

    Packers trade up in mock draft following free agency signings

    For a Redskins angle reacting to the move, know that this means Washington will no longer have to face Beckham twice a season. Green Bay won't need to reach for players at certain positions and can instead focus on adding the best players available.
  • Verizon's 5G mobile service launches next month in Chicago and Minneapolis

    Verizon's 5G mobile service launches next month in Chicago and Minneapolis

    Bank Stadium sports venues, along with the Verizon store in the Mall of America." What happens if you aren't in a 5G area? Sorry. Verizon's 5G Mobility and 5G Home network are two different technologies that don't play nicely together.
    Anthony Barr pulls about-face on Jets, will return to Vikings

    Anthony Barr pulls about-face on Jets, will return to Vikings

    Barr can re-sign at any point with the Vikings , but they apparently first must resolve the situation with Griffen. After Barr verbally agreed to the Jets , the Vikings "sweetened their offer" Monday night to get him to stay.
    [BREAKING] Big Bang's Seungri announces retirement amid Burning Sun scandal

    [BREAKING] Big Bang's Seungri announces retirement amid Burning Sun scandal

    After allegations surfaced, Seungri announced he wanted to enlist for his mandatory military service on March 25. The lobbying is alleged to have happened at nightclubs in Seoul, South Korea's capital.
  • Advertisers locked out of Ads Manager amid Facebook's outage

    Advertisers locked out of Ads Manager amid Facebook's outage

    Amid Facebook's hours-long outage, reports indicate that millions of advertisers that use the platform are potentially affected. The company has not explained what is causing the issue other than to say it is not related to a DDoS attack.
    Second meaningful vote defeated by 149 votes

    Second meaningful vote defeated by 149 votes

    The House of Commons is due to vote Tuesday on whether to approve a deal that it resoundingly rejected in January. All eyes are now on the UK's Attorney General, Geoffrey Cox , who will give his legal advice on the backstop.
    Ravens signing safety Earl Thomas to a 4-year, $55 million deal

    Ravens signing safety Earl Thomas to a 4-year, $55 million deal

    Other free agent safeties remain available, such as Tre Boston (Arizona), HaHa Clinton-Dix (Washington) and Glover Quin (Detroit). The team on Tuesday also put together a blockbuster trade to acquire Kansas City Chiefs Pro-Bowl pass rusher Dee Ford.
  • Canada’s Trudeau denies interfering in SNC-Lavalin case

    Canada’s Trudeau denies interfering in SNC-Lavalin case

    Government's job is to uphold our constitution, uphold our laws, and regulate "government policy" meant to protect Canadians. The office of justice committee chair Anthony Housefather confirmed to iPolitics that the meeting will be held Wednesday.
    Apple says ‘it’s show time’ March 25

    Apple says ‘it’s show time’ March 25

    The company is also expected to talk about its new TV streaming service at the event, though that is yet to be confirmed. Apple's streaming TV service is going to be a very significant force in the market if a market-analysis firm is correct.
    Game Of Thrones Season 8 Runtimes Are Shorter Than Expected

    Game Of Thrones Season 8 Runtimes Are Shorter Than Expected

    As a result, the shortest season of HBO's massive hit contains three of its five longest episodes. Normally, individual episodes are priced at $4.49 CAD each (there are 10 episodes in season 2).

We are pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news.
Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere in the site or in the newspaper.
Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.