Chiefs agree to trade Dee Ford to 49ers

Chiefs agree to trade Dee Ford to 49ers

Let's analyze and grade the trade with the Kansas City Chiefs for Dee Ford that was agreed to Tuesday evening. He has 30.5 sacks in 67 games since joining the Chiefs as the No. 23 overall pick in the 2014 National Football League draft.

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

If the Arizona Cardinals, who own the No. 1 pick in the draft, select Ohio State EDGE Nick Bosa, that leaves the Niners with two logical options - to try to trade down in the draft, or to draft Alabama defensive tackle Quinnen Williams or Kentucky edge rusher Josh Allen. While Ford can play both, he excels as a pass-rushing outside linebacker which made the Chiefs explore a deal.

He only had 2.0 sacks in six games in 2016, but had 10 the year before that.

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The Chiefs slapped the franchise tag on Ford at $15.4 million in 2019 after a career year but were never going to give him the long-term contract he desires. Last year, interior lineman DeForest Buckner became the first Niner to reach double-digit sacks since Smith in 2012, but Shanahan and Lynch have been searching for the outside complement to help a team that has lost 11 one-possession games over the past two seasons turn that tide. San Francisco does have a tendency to play five men on the line of scrimmage on defense, so Ford could be a good fit in that package. The 49ers also deploy a 4-3 scheme that would likely feature Ford as the LEO, or weakside edge rusher.

Adding Ford shouldn't keep the 49ers from finding another edge rusher this offseason.

They have reportedly sought a second-round pick in exchange for the 27-year-old. I think we're also looking for powerful players.

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