49ers to acquire pass rusher Dee Ford in trade with Chiefs

Dee Ford

Dee Ford

The Chiefs had already jettisoned Houston by releasing him days before trading Ford, so now the Chiefs are starting at a largely empty cupboard when it comes to proven pass rushers on the team. That deal can become official on Wednesday.

The San Francisco 49ers have agreed to the terms of a trade for Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Dee Ford, according to Albert Breer of The MMQB and Ian Rapoport of NFL Network. After the Chiefs moved to a 4-3 scheme heading into the 2019 season, Ford was always a likely trade candidate.

When this deal becomes official - which can not occur until after 3 p.m. CT Wednesday at the earliest - Ford's contract is expected to be for five years and $87.5 million, according to ESPN's Josina Anderson. He was an outside linebacker in Kansas City's 3-4 defense, and he can probably handle SAM linebacker duties for San Francisco while also putting his hand on the ground as a defensive end. He will need to get a new multi-year contract finalized with San Francisco for the deal to be completed, reports Rapoport.

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Ford, who was selected out of Auburn with the 23rd overall pick in 2014, is coming off his best season. He set career highs with 7 forced fumbles and 13 sacks in 2018.

The Niners had been one of a couple teams rumored to be interested in Ford in recent days. The other team was the Green Bay Packers. He was a key member of a Chiefs defense that tied for the league lead with 52 sacks in the regular season on its way to the AFC title game, which Kansas City lost to the New England Patriots 37-31. Ford has racked up double-digit sacks in two of his past three seasons.

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