Kansas City Chiefs trade Dee Ford to San Francisco 49ers, per report

Tanya Simon
March 13, 2019

The Kansas City Chiefs have agreed to trade edge rusher Dee Ford to the San Francisco 49ers, a source confirmed to ESPN's Josina Anderson.

For the Chiefs, the second round pick in 2020 won't do anything to help them rebuild a defense that also lost Justin Houston. But after the Chiefs made that move, it was reported the team did so with the intention of trading him.

Former Patriot Trey Flowers, 25, reportedly agreed to a five-year, $90 million contract with the Lions in free agency, with an AAV of $18 million per season.

"Still kind of assessing that", Spagnuolo said in February when asked about Ford.

Last season, the 49ers set new all-time National Football League lows with seven turnovers and two interceptions. His seven forced fumbles equaled as many as the entire 49ers' defense combined. He also pointed out the need for more powerful outside rushers to maximize new defensive line coach Kris Kocurek's wide-9 concepts.

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A first-round pick of the Chiefs in 2014, Ford finished tied for fifth in the NFL in quarterback hurries with 29 and tied for seventh in the league in sacks with 13.

The 49ers endured more than their fair share of injuries last season, and to some very crucial players early on like quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo and running back Jerick McKinnon. The 49ers have managed to give up their 2020 second-rounder, while preserving the No. 36 overall pick in the 2019 draft. That's not just a price you pay every single time.

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

Armed with the No. 2 pick in April's draft, the Niners could still be in prime position to land another difference-making edge rusher such as Ohio State's Nick Bosa. They're going to be playing with a quick trigger and getting after it.

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