In a blockbuster trade Tuesday, the Chiefs agreed to send Ford, a five-year veteran, to the San Francisco 49ers in exchange for a 2020 second-round pick, a source confirmed to The Athletic. "The one thing he can do, and we all know this, he is an explosive football player that makes a lot of plays". The move prevented the linebacker from hitting free agency on Wednesday, but Kansas City remained open to trading him as the team shifts defensive schemes.
The Chiefs are expected to sign former Cowboys linebacker Damien Wilson to a two-year, $5.6 million deal and former Houston Texans safety Tryann Mathieu to sign a three-year, $42 million contract.
"Still kind of assessing that", Spagnuolo said in February when asked about Ford. He also forced a league-high seven fumbles.
For point of comparison, the 49ers forced seven turnovers all of previous year, were tied for 22nd in sacks and didn't have an outside rusher with more than 5.5 sacks.More news: Halo The Master Chief Collection on PC: Everything you need to know
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The deal clears $15 million in salary-cap space for the Chiefs.
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.
Ford ended his best season with his least productive game. That's not just a price you pay every single time. They've addressed that need with their reported trade for Ford, and done so without emptying their cupboards of assets.
SANTA CLARA, Calif. - It was never a secret the San Francisco 49ers were ready and willing to throw resources - be it cash, draft picks or a combination of the two - at fixing what they view as the team's biggest weakness: an outside pass rush capable of closing out tight games. They're going to be playing with a quick trigger and getting after it.