49ers to Acquire Dee Ford, Sign Him to New Deal


The 49ers struck a deal to acquire edge rusher Dee Ford from the Kansas City Chiefs.

San Francisco will send their 2020 second-round pick, according to Albert Breer of MMQB.

The two sides are also closing in on a long-term extension of five years, $87.5 million that must be agreed to for the trade to be finalized. Ford’s initial franchise tag was worth $15.4 million, which is more than $2 million less than the average annual value of his new contract.

Coming off the heels of an agreement with Kwon Alexander, the 49ers add one of the premier pass rushers in the game. Ford racked up 13 sacks last season and immediately fills one of the most glaring needs for the team. The 49ers had a total of 37 sacks in 2019 with DeForest Buckner notching 12 alone.

The Chiefs have now seen Ford and Justin Houston depart in the same offseason. New defensive coordinator, Steve Spagnuolo, will implement his 4-3 scheme which led to Ford being shopped. The 49ers also run a 4-3 scheme but tend to play five men on the line of scrimmage, so Ford can fit in that package.


San Francisco now has an opportunity to add Nick Bosa with the No. 2 pick in the upcoming NFL Draft and pair him with Ford. The 49ers needed to address their pass rush, and they have done so in a big way.


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