Kansas City Chiefs Trade Dee Ford To San Francisco

Trading Dee Ford shows Chiefs are willing to lose a marquee player for a better fit

The Kansas City Chiefs have reportedly pulled the trigger on a deal that will send Dee Ford away to the San Francisco 49ers are his new home.

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.

ESPN's Josina Anderson also reported Ford would receive a five-year deal for $87.5 million once the trade becomes official.

Enter San Francisco, who, despite investing multiple first round picks into its defensive line in recent years, wasn't satisfied with their group of pass rushers. According to Pro Football Focus, Ford led all edge rushers with 78 pressures and a 91.0 overall grade last season.

San Francisco also announced a four-year deal the team had agreed to earlier in the week with linebacker Kwon Alexander worth $54 million.

The franchise tag for an outside linebacker next season is just over $15.4 million.

So, what did the Chiefs get in return for the star pass rusher? Ford long battled the perception that he was an underwhelming first-round pick in Kansas City (23rd overall in 2014). 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.

There's been some talk about Ford's fit in San Francisco's scheme. Ford is an undeniably quick, talented edge rusher, but he's spent most of his career as a 3-4 outside linebacker. The 49ers don't have "Leo" or "Sam" monikers for defensive ends in those groupings. 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.

But because of the Chiefs' cap constraints, they agreed to move Ford for far less, presenting the Niners a golden opportunity to transform their biggest weakness to a potential strength in the span of about six weeks.