Despite what took place in the AFC Championship against the New England Patriots, Ford has been a key member on defense for the Kansas City Chiefs over the last five years, and it was great to see him finally earn his first trip to the Pro Bowl during the 2018 season. Ford recorded 51 total tackles and 13 sacks in 2018, matching a career high set in 2016.
Rather than waiting to address the need in the draft with Nick Bosa or Josh Allen, it seems that the 49ers found their guy as they now attempt to work out a new contract for the former Auburn star. The 49ers also deploy a 4-3 scheme that would likely feature Ford as the LEO, or weakside edge rusher. 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.
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.
The deal clears $15 million in salary-cap space for the Chiefs.
Adding Ford shouldn't keep the 49ers from finding another edge rusher this offseason.
That has the potential to be a premier pass rushing foursome which could be swing the team's historic takeaway numbers in the other direction.
They have reportedly sought a second-round pick in exchange for the 27-year-old. 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.