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Chiefs to trade Dee Ford to the 49ers

Chiefs to trade Dee Ford to the 49ers Chiefs to trade Dee Ford to the 49ers
Noah Ferguson | 13 March, 2019, 23:25

The San Francisco 49ers and Kansas City Chiefs have reportedly agreed on a trade that sends Dee Ford to San Francisco. First, quarterbacks too often were comfortable in the pocket and able to take advantage of San Francisco's zone defense.

Ford had 13 sacks in 2018, which was tied for 8th highest in the National Football League, and forced 7 fumbles. Ford? He had eight forced fumbles in 18 games (including the playoffs). He led the league with seven forced fumbles in his first Pro Bowl campaign.

The 49ers were reportedly one of two teams interested in Ford, according to an earlier report by Rapoport.

But there are question marks. It's probably no coincidence it came during a contract year.

He only had 2.0 sacks in six games in 2016, but had 10 the year before that. In five seasons in KC, Ford had 30.5 sacks and 136 total tackles. His best year was the 2018 season, when he recorded 55 tackles and 13 sacks.

Outside linebacker Dee Ford became the Chiefs' latest player to not be retained for next season.

However, since the 49ers now have Ford, they don't have as much of a pressing need at edge. The move prevented the linebacker from hitting free agency on Wednesday, but Kansas City remained open to trading him as the team shifts defensive schemes. It's a 4-3 scheme that lines up like a 3-4 in base downs, with five men along the line of scrimmage and two inside linebackers off the ball. An undersized defensive end didn't seem to be the right fit.

However, with Ford's ability to rush the passer, adding that kind of talent is clearly the priority for the 49ers. 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. That draft choice would likely end up playing on the opposite side of Ford as a defensive end in sub packages. The other team was the Green Bay Packers. Generating more sacks and turnovers could go a long way in the standings.

For the Chiefs, the second round pick in 2020 won't do anything to help them rebuild a defense that also lost Justin Houston. "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".

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