The San Francisco 49ers added another cornerstone to their defensive front by trading for Dee Ford on March 13. He made a name for himself in the Midwest, having played for the Kansas City Chiefs since being drafted in 2014. With his stock on the rise, the Chiefs shopped him to the 49ers where he will sign a five-year, $87 million contract.
On the rise
Ford put together his best season in 2018, finishing up with 55 tackles and 13 sacks for the Chiefs. It was just what the Chiefs needed from their star linebacker, having only played in six games a year prior due to various injuries. He recorded five tackles, three sacks and forced two fumbles against the Broncos in a close win late October, his best overall game of the season. Ford also recorded at least one sack in 10 of his 16 games played last year.
Take a look at what Ford did to Josh Rosen last season.
The @49ers are trading for LB Dee Ford in exchange for a 2020 second-round pick.
Ford is expected to sign a five-year, $87.5 million extension with the 49ers once the trade is finalized.
— NFL (@NFL) March 13, 2019
San Francisco already had a stacked defensive front on their roster and this addition of Ford takes them another echelon. They already DeForest Buckner, Soloman Thomas, Arik Armstead, Cassius March and Ronald Blair to name a few. Those five combined for 21 sacks last season with Marsh and Blair taking credit for 11 total sacks. Kansas City led the NFL in sacks last season but the 49ers are going to continue to rise on that list, putting together one of the toughest defenses in the league, let alone the west coast.