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Kansas City Chiefs Trade Dee Ford To San Francisco

Kansas City Chiefs Trade Dee Ford To San Francisco

Ford combined for a total of 55 tackles, including 13 for a loss, as well as 13 sacks, 29 quarterback hits and seven forced fumbles.

Around this time past year, San Francisco was considered one of the sleeper teams expected to make a serious leap in the NFC to become a serious playoff contender. This frees up $14.5 million in cap space that they could potentially use to chase a free agent. Ford was viewed as a less-than-ideal fit in the Chiefs' new 4-3 base scheme and they traded him rather than bend the system to fit his talents.

The entire football world knew that the San Francisco 49ers were in the market for a pass rusher.

The Chiefs started this defensive rebuild past year, when they traded up in the second round to draft defensive end Breeland Speaks. What used to be a deep Kansas City linebacking corps is now bereaved following the departures of studs Justin Houston and Dee Ford.




The Chiefs drafted Ford in the first round of the 2014 NFL Draft, and the 23rd overall pick did not live up to expectations through the first four-and-a-half years of his career.

The interesting thing about a deal to the 49ers, though, is San Francisco also runs a 4-3 defense. But after the Chiefs made that move, it was reported the team did so with the intention of trading him.

While Ford is expected to become a key piece among the 49ers defense, head coach Kyle Shanahan will have to decide precisely where he wants him to line up. That draft choice would likely end up playing on the opposite side of Ford as a defensive end in sub packages.

The 49ers and the Chiefs getting together on a trade hinged on two conditions: the Chiefs wanted a second-round draft pick in return, and the 49ers needed to negotiate a contract extension with Ford. We'd give it an "A" if Ford had more than two productive seasons coming in - and if he didn't undergo back surgery in 2017, which shouldn't be overlooked.

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