Published: Thu, March 14, 2019
Sports | By Juana Wells

Chiefs trading Dee Ford to 49ers

Chiefs trading Dee Ford to 49ers

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

The 49ers entered the offseason looking for a premium edge rusher. Their leading edge rusher was Cassius Marsh, who recorded 5.5 sacks in 2018.

Albert Breer of Sports Illustrated reports the Chiefs would get back a 2020 second-round pick from the 49ers. The Chiefs placed a franchise tag on Ford earlier this month, but that was no guarantee the 27-year-old would stay in Kansas City. Ford has registered 137 combined tackles, 30.5 sacks, six passes defensed, and nine forced fumbles during his five National Football League seasons.

He only had 2.0 sacks in six games in 2016, but had 10 the year before that.

However, since the 49ers now have Ford, they don't have as much of a pressing need at edge. San Francisco does have a tendency to play five men on the line of scrimmage on defense, so Ford could be a good fit in that package.

The interesting thing about a deal to the 49ers, though, is San Francisco also runs a 4-3 defense. San Francisco already agreed to terms on a four-year deal worth up to $54 million for Tampa Bay Buccaneers linebacker and impending free agent Kwon Alexander.

Last season, Ford finally became the player the Chiefs had envisioned when they drafted him out of Auburn in the first round in 2014. The 49ers don't have "Leo" or "Sam" monikers for defensive ends in those groupings. If the Arizona Cardinals use the No. 1 overall pick on a quarterback, the 49ers would have access to Ohio State's Nick Bosa, considered the draft's top prospect.

San Francisco will send a 2020 second-round pick to Kansas City, a source confirmed.

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