San Francisco 49ers trade for Dee Ford

Ross Houston
March 13, 2019

The 49ers are in trade talks with the Kansas City Chiefs surrounding franchise pass rusher Dee Ford, according to multiple reports.

ESPN's Josina Anderson reported the 49ers will give Ford a deal worth around $87.5 million over a five-year span.

Ford is coming off the best season of his career, piling up 13 sacks and forcing an NFL-leading seven fumbles.


The 27-year-old represents a major upgrade for a 49ers defensive front in search of edge-rush talent to complement its impressive crop of players on the interior.

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.

Ford's trade is just the latest of several unofficial roster moves for the Chiefs ahead of Wednesday's start to the free agency period. It's a sentiment that San Francisco general manager John Lynch shared at the National Football League scouting combine last month.


San Francisco has been searching for a player on the outside fitting that description since it parted ways with Aldon Smith in 2014. "When you have them, they can be a difference-maker".

San Francisco also holds the No. 2 overall pick in this year's draft, which could still allow them to find a pass-rushing tag-team partner for Ford. He accounted for 7.5 sacks and 78 quarterback pressures (second-most in NFL) for New England last season. They're going to be playing with a quick trigger and getting after it. His breakout campaign came one year after an injury-riddled 2017 and two years after a breakout campaign in which he registered 10 sacks and 17 quarterback hurries.

MMQB first reported on the trade agreement.


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