Rams will see new NFC West threat with Dee Ford joining 49ers

Rams will see new NFC West threat with Dee Ford joining 49ers

The pass-rushing linebacker will bring the Chiefs a 2020 second-round pick, according to multiple reports. Ford's new contract in San Fran is expected to be a five-year, $87.5 million deal.

Ford is coming off the best season of his career, piling up 13 sacks and forcing an NFL-leading seven fumbles.

Ford has registered 137 combined tackles, 30.5 sacks, six passes defended and nine forced fumbles during his five National Football League seasons.

Ford is likely being counted upon to be an every-down leo - the pass-rusher the 49ers have lacked since Aldon Smith's departure. Or, they could play him at "Leo", which is the 49ers' weak-side defensive end - the defensive end who lines up farthest away from the tight end.

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San Francisco is clearly betting on the fact that the 2018 version of Ford is what they'll be getting moving forward. Kyle Shanahan and John Lynch are on long deals but they're nearly halfway through them at this point. Not to mention the tremendous value alone he adds to the 49ers at a position they have been weak at for some time. The Chiefs need new playmakers to rush the quarterback, and Ansah could be the man to do it. But it's largely believed they don't see Ford as a flawless fit as they shift their defense, and it's possible they're anxious he won't continue to produce once he's paid. They'll hand out an equally expensive contract to Patrick Mahomes in 2020.

Around this time past year, San Francisco was considered one of the sleeper teams expected to make a serious leap in the NFC to become a serious playoff contender. Even if they win the Super Bowl, it's still a top-65 pick. If they have another disappointing season in 2019, this could become a high draft pick for K.C.

Going from playing under the franchise tag to a whopping five-year extension is incredible for a player like Ford, and as hard as it's going to be leaving a playoff-caliber team in Kansas City, at least a fresh start in San Francisco will be a great opportunity for the defensive end.