Published: Wed, March 13, 2019
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Chiefs agree to trade Dee Ford to 49ers

Chiefs agree to trade Dee Ford to 49ers

Dee Ford #55 of the Kansas City Chiefs begins to rush the passer during the second half of the game against the Arizona Cardinals at Arrowhead Stadium on November 11, 2018 in Kansas City, Missouri.

A new long-term deal for Ford was reportedly a requirement to get the trade done, and San Francisco will lock him up with a five-year extension worth roughly $87.5 million, a source told NFL Network's James Palmer.

Ford was franchise tagged by Kansas City officially on March 4 after the best season of his career which saw the former Auburn star rack up 13 sacks and seven forced fumbles.

SANTA CLARA, Calif. - It was never a secret the San Francisco 49ers were ready and willing to throw resources - be it cash, draft picks or a combination of the two - at fixing what they view as the team's biggest weakness: an outside pass rush capable of closing out tight games. The Chiefs' new 4-3 base defense must complement the new players who will arrive in Kansas City this spring, and vice versa.

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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. He amassed 10.5 sacks and 14.5 tackles for a loss during his senior year. They're going to be playing with a quick trigger and getting after it.

San Francisco has been searching for a player on the outside fitting that description since it parted ways with Aldon Smith in 2014. The 49ers ranked 22nd in the National Football League last season with 37 sacks. During the 2018 season, coach Kyle Shanahan compared the importance of an edge rusher to the defense to that of a quarterback on offense. The 49ers have managed to give up their 2020 second-rounder, while preserving the No. 36 overall pick in the 2019 draft.

MMQB first reported on the trade agreement.

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