Chiefs set to trade Ford to Niners, source says

Chiefs set to trade Ford to Niners, source says

Chiefs set to trade Ford to Niners, source says

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.

Albert Breer of Sports Illustrated reports the Chiefs would get back a 2020 second-round pick from the 49ers. Ford had just 5.5 sacks over his first two seasons as a bit player behind Justin Houston and Tamba Hali. The 49ers defense ranked No. 22 in sacks this past season, bringing down opposing quarterbacks just 37 combined times. The moves made by the Chiefs, the trade of Ford in particular, are indications of Spagnuolo's influence. "He's healthy and primed for success in San Francisco". This deal will hinge on the 49ers' ability to find a new contract for Ford. Ford recorded 51 total tackles and 13 sacks in 2018, matching a career high set in 2016. Clearly, the teams could not agree on compensation enough for this coming draft, so K.C. likely settled on waiting for the better pick in the end.

It's been several years since the 49ers had a legitimately dominant edge rusher, and it appears they've locked one down with Ford.

Ford was franchise tagged by the Chiefs, but Kansas City made it known they were more than willing to tag and trade the pass rusher, because they did not believe they were capable of reaching an extension with him and were anxious Ford might end up trying to hold out for the season.

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The Chiefs started this defensive rebuild previous year, when they traded up in the second round to draft defensive end Breeland Speaks.

With the Chiefs running a 3-4 defense, it is unknown at this stage where Ford will exactly line up, as the 49ers utilize the 4-3 defense as their base. "I don't think we are ready to put a tag on it one way or the other". Ford long battled the perception that he was an underwhelming first-round pick in Kansas City (23rd overall in 2014).

Ford's struggles against the run shouldn't matter much.

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