The Kansas City Chiefs have reached an agreement to send outside linebacker Dee Ford to the San Francisco 49ers for a second-round pick in the 2020 National Football League draft, a source tells Yahoo Sports.
ESPN's Josina Anderson also reported Ford would receive a five-year deal for $87.5 million once the trade becomes official. The pass-rushing linebacker will bring the Chiefs a 2020 second-round pick, according to multiple reports.
Ford has 30.5 career sacks in five seasons, all with the Chiefs, including a personal-best in 2018, when he attained career firsts by starting all 16 regular-season games and being selected to the Pro Bowl.
Just last week, the Chiefs put a franchise tag on Ford, though reports indicated a deal was in the works. Ford could wind up being one of the biggest additions of the offseason for any team if he can replicate that production with San Francisco next fall. Kansas City remained open to trading Ford as the team shifts from a 3-4 defense to a 4-3 defense. He had no sacks or tackles in the Chiefs' AFC Championship Game home loss to the New England Patriots.
However, with Ford's ability to rush the passer, adding that kind of talent is clearly the priority for the 49ers.
Ford would likely play SAM linebacker in the 49ers' base defense, then moved down to defensive end in sub packages.
San Francisco will send a 2020 second-round pick to Kansas City, a source confirmed. 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. Allen would fill a need (other edge rusher), but has a high bust potential and is not worth taking with the No. 2 pick.