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49ers trading 2020 2nd-round pick for Chiefs LB Dee Ford

49ers trading 2020 2nd-round pick for Chiefs LB Dee Ford

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reported they're deep in talks with the Kansas City Chiefs to acquire pass rusher Dee Ford. The deal also includes Ford's agreement with the 49ers to a five-year deal worth $87.5 million, a source said.

Ford produced a career-high 13 sacks and forced a league-high seven forced fumbles in 2018.

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.

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. In five seasons with Kansas City, Ford has recorded 103 total tackles and 30.5 sacks.

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The 49ers are adding to their defensive arsenal with the reported trade for Chiefs franchise player, Dee Ford as trade season in the National Football League continues to deliver eye-popping headlines. He had no sacks or tackles in the Chiefs' AFC Championship Game home loss to the New England Patriots.

Ford would likely play SAM linebacker in the 49ers' base defense, then moved down to defensive end in sub packages. He played in a 4-3 during his college career at Auburn. 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. The other team was the Green Bay Packers.

For the Chiefs, the second round pick in 2020 won't do anything to help them rebuild a defense that also lost Justin Houston. We'd give it an "A" if Ford had more than two productive seasons coming in - and if he didn't undergo back surgery in 2017, which shouldn't be overlooked.


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