Chiefs set to trade Ford to Niners, source says

Rex Christensen
March 13, 2019

The San Francisco 49ers have agreed to acquire Dee Ford from the Kansas City Chiefs.

It looks like another defensive move is in the works for the Kansas City Chiefs. The deal also includes Ford's agreement with the 49ers to a five-year deal worth $87.5 million, a source said.

Ford, a first-round pick in 2014, emerged as a dominant force for Kansas City's defense last season, racking up a career-high 13 sacks en route to his first Pro Bowl appearance.

SANTA CLARA, Calif. - It was never a secret the San Francisco 49ers were ready and willing to throw resources - be it cash, draft picks or a combination of the two - at fixing what they view as the team's biggest weakness: an outside pass rush capable of closing out tight games.

Ford, 28, was amenable to playing 2019 on the franchise tag, but Kansas City is shifting away from the 3-4 defensive scheme it used under former defensive coordinator Bob Sutton, who was sacked at the end of the season after leading the NFL's 31st-ranked defense.

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

It will be interesting to see how Ford affects San Francisco's draft plans.

But given the time and effort it took to finally land one prominent edge rusher, there's plenty of reason to believe the Niners are poised to double down at the position Shanahan has compared to a quarterback on offense in terms of importance. I think we're also looking for powerful players. "But, those are guys that can get to the quarterback and finish him".

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.

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