The 49ers made a blockbuster trade on Tuesday night.
They gave the Kansas City Chiefs their second round for Edge Rusher Dee Ford in 2020 and gave Ford a five-year contract extension of $ 87.5 million to published reports.
The 27-year-old Ford achieved 13 sacks and 29 quarterback hits in 2018. Both statistics were career highs. Despite his outstanding play last season, the Chiefs declined to give him a long-term contract extension. Instead, they gave him the franchise day on March 2nd. They had the impression that Ford was not defending the run well enough and would not be able to match their 4-3 defense under new Defense Coordinator Steve Spagnuolo. The Chiefs had used a 3-4 defense over the past five seasons and Ford was one of their outsiders.
The 49ers also use a 4-3 defense, and it's not clear where they want to play Ford. You could place it in a linebacker on the strong side ̵
Wherever the 49ers decide to play Ford in their base defense, they will certainly play it at the defensive end in their nickel defense while passing. He is her best edge breaker.
Ford was not always considered a good player. For the first four years of his career he was a bust on the border.
The bosses had drawn Ford with the 23rd Pick 2014. As a beginner, he started with zero games and recorded only 1.5 sacks. And in 2015, he launched five games and picked up four sacks.
In 2016, Ford had a breakout season – recording 10 sacks and 17 quarterback hits. In 2017, however, he recorded in only six games only two sacks and seven quarterback hits and missed the remaining 10 games with a back injury, which had to be operated on. Ford ended the 2017 season on the injured reserve list.
In 2018, Ford returned for the final season of his rookie contract, playing well enough to earn a multi-year mega deal. But the Chiefs would still not give him one. They felt replaceable. So they sent him to the 49ers, who clearly believe that Ford is indispensable for their defense.
The 49ers did not have such a prolific Ford Rusher as Ford in seven years. Last season, Cassius Marsh, their best edge rusher, posted only 5.5 bags and 14 quarterback hits – both career moves. The last time a 49ers Edge Rusher recorded at least 13 sacks in a season was 2012, when Aldon Smith recorded 19.5.
Ford should significantly improve the pass-rush of the 49ers.
And he may not be the only Edge Rusher 49er to purchase this off season. They currently have the second selection in the first round and the fourth selection in the second round of the upcoming draft. The 49ers could use one of those picks for another edge rusher, such as the Kentucky American Allen Nick Bosa or the American Brian Burns.
On Tuesday, they offered Cornerfield Bradley Roby a one-year deal, according to reports released. Roby rejected the 49ers offer and accepted a $ 10 million one-year deal from the Houston Texans.
The 49ers still have options. You can sign a one-year emergency solution that can start in 2019 or at least be able to fight for a startup job. Someone like free-agent cornerback Pierre Desir or free-agent cornerback Darqueze Dennard. Desir, 28, was originally a fourth round of the Cleveland Browns in 2014. Last season he played 16 games for the Indianapolis Colts, starting 12 games and breaking eight passes. Dennard, 27, was originally a Cincinnati Bengals first round in 2014 and has spent his entire career with the Bengals. Last season he appeared in 13 games and started nine.
Bradley Pinion approved a four-year deal with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Tuesday. The 49ers designed Pinion in the fifth round of 2015. He was the starting player of the past five seasons as well as their kick-off specialist.
The 49ers long-nosed snapper Kyle Nelson agreed to a four-year deal that would take him to the team by 2022. Nelson, 32, has been with the 49ers since 2014.
Last season, the NFL used ten games without pay because it violated the League's guidelines for performance-enhancing substances. Nelson served in the 2018 for four games of suspension and must complete the remaining six games until 2019.