Chiefs trading Dee Ford to 49ers

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

Per Ian Rapoport of NFL Network, San Fransisco and Kansas City are finalizing a deal that would send star pass rusher Ford to the 49ers for a 2020 second round pick.

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

The 49ers will sign Ford to an extension worth $87.5 million over five years.

For the 49ers, adding a premium edge rusher - or two - has always been at the top of their offseason shopping list.

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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. The move prevented the linebacker from hitting free agency on Wednesday, but Kansas City remained open to trading him as the team shifts defensive schemes. He amassed 10.5 sacks and 14.5 tackles for a loss during his senior year. It's a sentiment that San Francisco general manager John Lynch shared at the National Football League scouting combine last month. During the 2018 season, coach Kyle Shanahan compared the importance of an edge rusher to the defense to that of a quarterback on offense. "When you have them, they can be a difference-maker". Ford recorded 51 total tackles and 13 sacks in 2018, matching a career high set in 2016. I think we're also looking for powerful players. They're going to be playing with a quick trigger and getting after it.

For point of comparison, the 49ers forced seven turnovers all of previous year, were tied for 22nd in sacks and didn't have an outside rusher with more than 5.5 sacks. "But, those are guys that can get to the quarterback and finish him".

Ford was drafted 23rd overall in 2014 and combined for 5.5 sacks in his first two seasons.

MMQB first reported on the trade agreement.

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