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The San Francisco 49ers took a major step in rejuvenating their pass rush.
The 49ers agreed to a trade that landed them Dee Ford from the Kansas City Chiefs in change for a 2020 second-round pick, according to The MMQB’s Albert Breer. Yahoo Sports’ Terez Paylor reported that Ford, who had been on the franchise tag, agreed to a five-year, $87.5 million contract with San Francisco.
Ford, 27, is coming off a career year in which he was named to the Pro Bowl after recording 13 sacks. But the Chiefs are set to move to a 4-3 defense under new defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo, and it was unclear where he fit into the team’s plans.
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Ford is the second premier pass rusher to be sent out of Kansas City this offseason, as the team also released four-time Pro Bowl outside linebacker Justin Houston.
In San Francisco, Ford would join a pass rush that tied for 22nd last year with 37 sacks. The 49ers could further bolster their defensive line with the No. 2 overall pick, as the team could be a fit for Ohio State defensive end Nick Bosa should the Arizona Cardinals take Oklahoma quarterback Kyler Murray at No. 1 overall or trade out of the slot.
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