Chiefs agree to trade Dee Ford to 49ers for a bargain price

Ford had 13 sacks in 2018, which was tied for 8th highest in the National Football League, and forced 7 fumbles.

Around this time a year ago, San Francisco was considered one of the sleeper teams expected to make a serious leap in the NFC to become a serious playoff contender.

The trade is essentially agreed to - Ford for a 2020 2nd round pick.

Despite what took place in the AFC Championship against the New England Patriots, Ford has been a key member on defense for the Kansas City Chiefs over the last five years, and it was great to see him finally earn his first trip to the Pro Bowl during the 2018 season.

With pass rush high on the Niners' needs for the offseason, this new signing should help ease the pressure off general manager John Lynch, in this area at least. Ford's current clean bill of health has him feeling like 13 sacks last season is only the beginning. Those questions will hopefully result in answers soon, but right now the Chiefs are vastly changing their defensive look in the first few days of the free agency. Instead, they gave him the franchise tag on March 2. Obviously San Francisco believes Ford won't have a problem adjusting from a 3-4 defense.

The Chiefs drafted Ford in the first round of the 2014 NFL Draft, and the 23rd overall pick did not live up to expectations through the first four-and-a-half years of his career.

There would also be the option to move Ford to defensive end during sub packages, or move Ford to defensive end permanently. It's a 4-3 scheme that lines up like a 3-4 in base downs, with five men along the line of scrimmage and two inside linebackers off the ball. The 49ers could still use Solomon Thomas, who is good against the run, and Malcolm Smith at those spots. If they have another disappointing season in 2019, this could become a high draft pick for K.C. Now the Chiefs do have an obvious hole at pass rusher now. Generating more sacks and turnovers could go a long way in the standings.

Albert Breer of Sports Illustrated reports the Chiefs would get back a 2020 second-round pick from the 49ers.

  • Steve Townsend