Kansas city leaders have agreed to market Dee Ford for the San Francisco 49ers, a source confirmed by Josina Anderson of ESPN.
The Niner are expected to offer Ford a multi-year deal in the five-year and $ 87.5 million range, the source said.
San Francisco will send a second choice for 2020 to Kansas City, a confirmed source. The agreement cannot become official until the start of the new league. Wednesday.
The Chiefs had inserted the franchise tag on Ford last week, with the intention of trying to trade it, as reported by Adam Schefter of ESPN.
Kansas City has hired Steve Spagnuolo as defensive coordinator and is changing his basic defense system from 3-4 to 4-3, which would have required a change of position for Ford and Justin Houston, which was released from Kansas City .
Last season, Ford became the player the Chiefs had imagined when they drafted it from Auburn in the first round of 2014. He started all 16 games for the first time in his career and had a lot of 13 careers. Ford, who turns 28 on March 19, was also selected to play in the Pro Bowl for the first time.
Ford ended its best season with its less productive game. He had no looting or tackling in the home defeat of the Chiefs' AFC championship at the New England Patriots. He was also penalized for turning offside in a game that resulted in an interception in the last minute of the fourth quarter.
The interception could have allowed the leaders, who at the time had a four-point advantage, to close the time. Instead, the patriots continued their race towards a starting touchdown and eventually won overtime.
For the 49ers, the addition of a premium edge pusher – or two – has long been at the top of their offseason shopping list. During the 2018 season, coach Kyle Shanahan compared the importance of a merman to defense to that of an attacking quarterback. It is a feeling that San Francisco general manager John Lynch shared with NFL scouting last month.
"You have to have a guy who can close the games, close in half," Lynch said. "When you have them, they can be a creator of differences, I think we are also looking for powerful players … they will play with a quick trigger and put us to the test, but those are guys who can reach the quarterback and finish it."
San Francisco is looking for an external player to match this description since he split from Aldon Smith in 2014. Last year, internal lineman DeForest Buckner became the first Niner to reach two-digit bags from Smith in 2012, but Shanahan and Lynch I searched for the external complement to help a team that has lost 11 games of possession in the last two seasons to shoot that tide.
The 49ers finished 2018 for 22nd in the NFL in bags with 37, but apart from Buckner, they didn't have another player with more than 5.5 bags.
San Francisco also holds the second absolute choice in the draft of this year, which could still allow them to find a tag-team partner for Ford.
MMQB reported the trade agreement for the first time.
Adam Teicher and Nick Wagoner of ESPN contributed to this report.