49ers, Chiefs agree to terms on Dee Ford deal


According to a report by Sports Illustrated's Albert Breer, the Kansas City Chiefs and the San Francisco 49ers have agreed to parameters on a trade deal for outside linebacker Dee Ford. There were rumblings in KC about Ford being a bust after being taken with the 23rd overall pick in the 2014 draft out of Auburn.

Ford was initially scheduled to become a free agent until the Chiefs placed the franchise tag on the linebacker at the cost of $15.4 million for 2019.

The 49ers were reportedly one of two teams interested in Ford, according to an earlier report by Rapoport.

After an excellent 2018 season with 13 sacks and 55 tackles, Ford has earned a payday. And it came a year removed from a back injury that required surgery and caused him to miss 10 games in 2017. Last year, interior lineman DeForest Buckner became the first Niner to reach double-digit sacks since Smith in 2012, but Shanahan and Lynch have been searching for the outside complement to help a team that has lost 11 one-possession games over the past two seasons turn that tide.

The 49ers are adding to their defensive arsenal with the reported trade for Chiefs franchise player, Dee Ford as trade season in the National Football League continues to deliver eye-popping headlines. 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. 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.

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

Adding Ford shouldn't keep the 49ers from finding another edge rusher this offseason.

San Francisco will send a 2020 second-round pick to Kansas City, a source confirmed.

Do we expect Williams to be the pick at No. 2?