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The Chiefs agreed to trade one-half of their edge pass-rushing combination, Dee Ford, to the San Francisco 49ers on Tuesday night. The return is a second-round draft pick, but one the Chiefs won’t get to use this year. It’s a second-round pick in 2020.
The Chiefs and San Francisco 49ers have agreed to a trade involving for Ford in exchange for a 2020 second-round draft pick, NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported, via sources informed of the situation. NFL Network’s James Palmer reports Ford’s new contract in San Francisco is expected to be a five-year deal for $87.5 million.
Ford was one of four edge rushers who was tagged as a franchise player. His one-year salary as an outside linebacker was scheduled to be $15.443 million. The non-exclusive tag means other teams were allowed to negotiate with Ford and sign him to an offer sheet. The price tag for signing a franchise player is two first-round draft picks.
But the Chiefs settled for far less from the 49ers to dump his salary.
Trade grade (Chiefs): C.
They probably should get an incomplete. The Chiefs now have additional cap space and very well could target a defensive end to give them some more pass rush. It’s a little surprising that they weren’t able to get more than a second-round pick, but if Ford wasn’t in Kansas City’s plans, at least the team got reasonable compensation for him in a trade.
As [Kevin] Johnson was cut, he was not subject to the same rules that an unrestricted free agent must follow during the legal tampering period. Over the last several days, he’d taken visits with the Bills and Browns, which were both extensively reported, but Johnson also reportedly took a visit with the Chiefs, according to The Athletic’s Matthew Fairburn.
Players are often utilized all over the field because coaches aren’t sure what they do well. In Mathieu’s case, he’s utilized all over the field because he does everything well. His hips, feet, recognition and closing speed in particular make him an obvious candidate to play free safety for the Chiefs. However, he could line up anywhere and make an impact.
Kansas City intends to sign linebacker Damien Wilson, formerly of the Dallas Cowboys, when the new league year opens Wednesday, a source confirmed to The Star. Wilson is the second player to agree to terms with the Chiefs during the NFL’s legal tampering period. Safety Tyrann Mathieu agreed to terms with the Chiefs on Monday. Over the weekend, the Chiefs also signed running back Carlos Hyde. The 25-year-old Wilson is a traditional strongside linebacker in a 4-3 system, giving the Chiefs their first true strongside linebacker on the roster.
The Chiefs began overhauling their defense the next day when Reid fired his defensive coordinator, Bob Sutton, who had his players in a 3-4 scheme. In hiring Steve Spagnuolo as the new coordinator, the Chiefs began evaluating whether Ford could stay on the roster and transition into a defensive end, the position he played in college. But with Ford listed at 6-foot-2 and 252 pounds, Spagnuolo wanted to have bigger defensive ends who could still pressure the quarterback while also being crucial in defending the run.