49ers, Chiefs in trade talks for OLB Dee Ford

Trading Dee Ford shows Chiefs are willing to lose a marquee player for a better fit

They dealt their second-round pick in 2020 to the Kansas City Chiefs for edge rusher Dee Ford, then gave Ford a five-year, $87.5 million contract extension, according to published reports. 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.

He started all 16 games for the first time in his career and had a career-high 13 sacks.

Going from playing under the franchise tag to a whopping five-year extension is incredible for a player like Ford, and as hard as it's going to be leaving a playoff-caliber team in Kansas City, at least a fresh start in San Francisco will be a great opportunity for the defensive end. While Ford can play both, he excels as a pass-rushing outside linebacker which made the Chiefs explore a deal.

The former Chief thrives in a 3-4 role as a pass rusher and will get that chance with the 49ers.

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There's a bit of an issue contractually because the Chiefs placed a franchise tag on Ford.

But the 49ers also run a 4-3, though it's different from most. 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.

In return for Ford, the Chiefs will reportedly receive a 2020 second-round pick.

Adding Ford shouldn't keep the 49ers from finding another edge rusher this offseason. The key will be allowing him to pin his ears back and use his speed off the edge, complementing Buckner and the team's incoming draft pick on the other side. It remains likely they target the position with their first-round pick in the upcoming NFL Draft with Ohio State's Nick Bosa and Kentucky's Josh Allen as the favored candidates.

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