The Kansas City Chiefs and San Francisco 49ers reportedly have a deal in principal for pass-rush specialist Dee Ford.
In return, Kansas City will receive a second-round pick, according to The MMQB.
The Chiefs placed the franchise tag on Ford last week, but they did so with the intention of looking for a trade partner for the 27-year-old linebacker. This deal will hinge on the 49ers' ability to find a new contract for Ford.
According to ESPN, San Francisco will give Ford a five-year, $87.5million deal once the trade is completed.
With the firing of defensive coordinator Bob Sutton and subsequent hiring of Steve Spagnuolo, the Chiefs are moving from a 3-4 defense to a 4-3 under the new regime. While Ford can play both, he excels as a pass-rushing outside linebacker, which made the Chiefs explore a deal.
San Francisco also run a 4-3 defense.
However, with Ford's ability to rush the passer, adding that kind of talent is clearly the priority for the 49ers. San Francisco do have a tendency to play five men on the line of scrimmage on defense, so Ford could be a good fit in that package.Published 13 Mar 2019, 07:22 IST