Kansas City Chiefs Trade Dee Ford To San Francisco

Report: Chiefs trading Dee Ford to 49ers

The Kansas City Chiefs have traded linebacker Dee Ford to the San Francisco 49ers, according to several reports Tuesday night. He was scheduled to become a free agent but the Chiefs halted those plans by using the franchise tag in order to trade him.

A source told ESPN that Ford is expected to receive a multiyear deal in the range of five years and $87.5 million from the 49ers.

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.

The 49ers took a massive step toward curing their anemic pass rush.

On Sunday, the Chiefs released veteran linebacker Justin Houston, leaving them without their top two pass rushers from last season. 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. But they had questions about how he'd fit in new coordinator Steve Spagnuolo's defense and made a decision to trade him instead of paying him $15.4 million for this season. In five seasons in KC, Ford had 30.5 sacks and 136 total tackles.

So in comes Ford, who led the NFL in creating turnover-worthy plays last season, according to NFL Next Gen Stats, which accounts for forced fumbles and interceptions caused by quarterback pressure.

EDGE Dee Ford never quite lived up to his first-round pick status in the first four years of his pro career.

Ford, who was selected out of Auburn with the 23rd overall pick in 2014, is coming off his best season.

There's been some talk about Ford's fit in San Francisco's scheme.

San Francisco is clearly betting on the fact that the 2018 version of Ford is what they'll be getting moving forward. Or, they could play him at "Leo", which is the 49ers' weak-side defensive end - the defensive end who lines up farthest away from the tight end. The guaranteed money and potential outs are what matter most though.

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