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Ford fits mold of 49ers' prototypical 'leo' edge rusher

Ford fits mold of 49ers' prototypical 'leo' edge rusher”

That impasse apparently cleared Tuesday, with Ford and the 49ers reportedly agreeing on a five-year deal worth $87.5 million. "Me knowing they believe in me ... talking to the GM, talking to the owner, talking to the head coach ... they couldn't wait [for me to get there]".

The 49ers chose to part ways with a 2020 second-round pick in order to secure the edge-rusher, and Ford's new, restructured deal with the 49ers is a reported five-year, $87.5 million contract.

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Ford, 27, had the franchise tag placed on him prior to the start of free agency.

With rumors flying around that the Chiefs could ship Dee Ford, a trade finally commenced. But his offside penalty late in that game against New England negated an interception that could have sealed a victory. He also was penalized for lining up offside on a play that resulted in an interception in the final minute of the fourth quarter. The Patriots scored a TD on that drive and won the game in overtime.

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It's been several years since the 49ers had a legitimately dominant edge rusher, and it appears they've locked one down with Ford. "When you have them, they can be a difference-maker. He's had some production and if he is here with us, I'll be excited to have him and be excited to work with him". He played against them twice - once as a rookie and again last season. "But those are guys that can get to the quarterback and finish him". He has experience playing both cornerback and safety and offers versatility for San Francisco.

No statistics were more emblematic of the 49ers' defensive struggles in 2018 than setting National Football League records for the fewest takeaways (seven) and interceptions (two). Ford's current clean bill of health has him feeling like 13 sacks last season is only the beginning. Ford long battled the perception that he was an underwhelming first-round pick in Kansas City (23rd overall in 2014).

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MMQB first reported on the trade agreement.



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