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49ers, Chiefs reportedly agree to terms on Ford deal

Dee Ford
Modified 13 Mar 2019, 07:22 IST

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
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