49ers Trading For Dee Ford

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The Kansas City Chiefs have traded linebacker Dee Ford to the San Francisco 49ers, according to several reports Tuesday night.

According to Breer, the Chiefs will receive the 49ers' 2020 second-round draft pick in return. He was a game-wrecker down the stretch of his contract year, registering eight sacks, nine tackles for loss, 15 quarterback hits and five forced fumbles in the final nine games of the season.

Outside linebacker Dee Ford became the Chiefs' latest player to not be retained for next season. The moves made by the Chiefs, the trade of Ford in particular, are indications of Spagnuolo's influence. If San Francisco is bad next year, it's a great pick. His best statistical season was in 2016 when he racked up 145 combined tackles, three sacks seven passes defensed, an interception, a touchdown, and a forced fumble. This deal will hinge on the 49ers' ability to find a new contract for Ford.

The Chiefs had placed the franchise tag on Ford after he had a career-high 13 sacks last season and led the National Football League with seven forced fumbles. That plays into the idea that the Niners are trying to win too - they don't want to give up a top-40 pick this year in exchange for Ford, but will gamble on next season's pick. 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.

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With the Chiefs running a 3-4 defense, it is unknown at this stage where Ford will exactly line up, as the 49ers utilize the 4-3 defense as their base.

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

So how much will Ford benefit the 49ers?

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