Published: Wed, March 13, 2019
Sports | By Johanna Francis

Kansas City Chiefs Trade Dee Ford To San Francisco

Kansas City Chiefs Trade Dee Ford To San Francisco

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.

In these situations, even talented players are sometimes removed for the overall benefit of the renovation.

The Chiefs had placed the franchise tag on Ford last week, with the intention of trying to trade him, as reported by ESPN's Adam Schefter.

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reported they're deep in talks with the Kansas City Chiefs to acquire pass rusher Dee Ford.

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In 30 games with Cleveland, he totaled 204 tackles and seven sacks, including 104 tackles and four sacks this past season. He's entering the second year of his massive five-year, $90 million ($65 guaranteed) deal signed last summer.

The trade can not become official until the new league year begins on Wednesday.

However, with Ford's ability to rush the passer, adding that kind of talent is clearly the priority for the 49ers. After missing several games with injuries throughout the course of his career, Ford played all 16 weeks for the first time since his rookie season. He has spent his entire National Football League career in a 3-4 defense as an outside linebacker and a primary reason Kansas City reportedly wanted to trade him was because it was unsure how he'd fit in new coordinator Steve Spagnuolo's 4-3 scheme, particularly against the run. The 49ers also deploy a 4-3 scheme that would likely feature Ford as the LEO, or weakside edge rusher. He had no sacks or tackles in the Chiefs' AFC Championship Game home loss to the New England Patriots.

One way to help solve that and still maximize Ford is for the Niners to continue to invest in the outside pass rush. "He's had some production and if he is here with us, I'll be excited to have him and be excited to work with him". They're going to be playing with a quick trigger and getting after it. During the 2018 season, coach Kyle Shanahan compared the importance of an edge rusher to the defense to that of a quarterback on offense. "But, those are guys that can get to the quarterback and finish him".

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