Ford is coming off the best season of his career, piling up 13 sacks and forcing an NFL-leading seven fumbles. Though, that was a way for the Chiefs to get something for him in a trade.
Around this time a year ago, San Francisco was considered one of the sleeper teams expected to make a serious leap in the NFC to become a serious playoff contender. Outside of defensive tackle DeForest Buckner, the 49ers lacked a consistent pass rush. If the 49ers hold true to their patterns with big deals, it's likely the guaranteed money comes in the first three years of the contract, though the details of the agreement haven't come out yet.More news: Android Q Beta 1 Rolling out to Pixels Devices - Details
The trade is essentially agreed to - Ford for a 2020 2nd round pick.
San Francisco gave Ford a contract at the top of the market despite having just two productive seasons (he logged 10 sacks in 2016, his first full year as a starter). All indications are Ford will be the "leo" in the 49ers' 4-3 defensive alignment.
It's been several years since the 49ers had a legitimately dominant edge rusher, and it appears they've locked one down with Ford. Those questions will hopefully result in answers soon, but right now the Chiefs are vastly changing their defensive look in the first few days of the free agency. They took two of their most productive players from last season and dispatched them for nothing that will help them win games in 2019. The Chiefs placed a franchise tag on Ford earlier this month, but that was no guarantee the 27-year-old would stay in Kansas City. "He's had some production and if he is here with us, I'll be excited to have him and be excited to work with him".More news: Senate votes to rebuke president's emergency declaration
The Chiefs drafted Ford out of Auburn in 2014.
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