Just last week, the Chiefs put a franchise tag on Ford, though reports indicated a deal was in the works.
The 49ers acquired Ford from the Chiefs for a 2020 second-round pick and promptly reworked a fresh five-year contract with their new playmaker.
The 27-year-old represents a major upgrade for a 49ers defensive front in search of edge-rush talent to complement its impressive crop of players on the interior. The two teams are close to finalizing a deal.
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Unfortunately, one of the tough things about a player in Ford's position is how he's deserving of a hefty payday, which seemed like may come down the road after Kansas City made a decision to use the franchise tag on the defender for now.
Ford was picked in the first round by Kansas City in 2014 but went through some growing pains as he adapted to life in the National Football League and has an injury history that is cause for concern. On multiple occasions, a sack that forced a fumble or a hurry that led to an interception might have been all that separated the Niners from victory. Ford has registered 137 combined tackles, 30.5 sacks, six passes defensed, and nine forced fumbles during his five National Football League seasons. His best year was the 2018 season, when he recorded 55 tackles and 13 sacks.
This is a great move for the 49ers who can have some flexibility at the No. 2 pick if they choose to pass on Bosa or Allen and prefer to look at other positions, such as defensive tackle Quinnen Williams. Obviously San Francisco believes Ford won't have a problem adjusting from a 3-4 defense. 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.
Last season, Ford finally became the player the Chiefs had envisioned when they drafted him out of Auburn in the first round in 2014. The guaranteed money and potential outs are what matter most though.