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Kansas City Chiefs trade Dee Ford to San Francisco 49ers, per report

Kansas City Chiefs trade Dee Ford to San Francisco 49ers, per report”

The Kansas City Chiefs have agreed to trade outside linebacker Dee Ford to the San Francisco 49ers, Sports Illustrated's Albert Breer reported on Tuesday.

For the Chiefs, the second round pick in 2020 won't do anything to help them rebuild a defense that also lost Justin Houston. The Niners are expected to sign Ford to a five-year, $87.5 million deal, according to a report by ESPN's Josina Anderson. The deal can't become official until the new league year begins Wednesday.

Steve Spagnuolo, Kansas City's new defensive coordinator, will use the 4-3 scheme that is predicated on size and strength up front, and Ford - who is listed at 6-foot-2 and 243 pounds - isn't necessarily a physical prototype for an edge rushing position in Spagnuolo's system.

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. He led the league with seven forced fumbles in his first Pro Bowl campaign. 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 entered the offseason looking for a premium edge rusher. He amassed 10.5 sacks and 14.5 tackles for a loss during his senior year.

"You have to have a guy who can close out games, close out halves", Lynch said then.

San Francisco has been searching for a player on the outside fitting that description since it parted ways with Aldon Smith in 2014. While his 2018 season was a big one, it was also only the second time he'd posted more than four sacks in his five seasons with the Chiefs.

The other question is where Ford will fit in San Francisco's defense.



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