Odell Beckham overshadowed Chiefs-49ers blockbuster Dee Ford trade

Odell Beckham overshadowed Chiefs-49ers blockbuster Dee Ford trade

The San Francisco 49ers have agreed to the terms of a trade for Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Dee Ford, according to Albert Breer of The MMQB and Ian Rapoport of NFL Network.

ESPN's Josina Anderson tweeted Ford was headed to the 49ers and he will sign a five year, $87.5 million deal.

Dee Ford #55 of the Kansas City Chiefs begins to rush the passer during the second half of the game against the Arizona Cardinals at Arrowhead Stadium on November 11, 2018 in Kansas City, Missouri.

Ford had 13 sacks in 2018, which was tied for 8th highest in the National Football League, and forced 7 fumbles.

Kansas City has hired Steve Spagnuolo as defensive coordinator and is changing its base defensive system from a 3-4 to a 4-3, which would have necessitated a position change for Ford and Justin Houston, who was released by Kansas City. Their leading edge rusher was Cassius Marsh, who recorded 5.5 sacks in 2018.

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Last season, Ford finally became the player the Chiefs had envisioned when they drafted him out of Auburn in the first round in 2014. 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.

The Chiefs placed a franchise tag on Ford at the cost of $15.4 million for 2019.

The interesting thing about a deal to the 49ers, though, is San Francisco also runs a 4-3 defense.

San Francisco gave Ford a contract at the top of the market despite having just two productive seasons (he logged 10 sacks in 2016, his first full year as a starter).

In return for Ford, the Chiefs will reportedly receive a 2020 second-round pick. The key will be allowing him to pin his ears back and use his speed off the edge, complementing Buckner and the team's incoming draft pick on the other side.

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