Getting that kind of production over the next few years would give the 49ers a massive jolt to a defense that sorely needs pass rush help. Obviously San Francisco believes Ford won't have a problem adjusting from a 3-4 defense. Now obviously they have needs at pass rusher now, but it shows that the Chiefs new defensive regime led by Steve Spagnuolo is ready to get the guys they see fit in there right away.
The 49ers finished 2018 tied for 22nd in the National Football League in sacks with 37, but aside from Buckner, they did not have another player with more than 5.5 sacks. It seems the 49ers deemed the No. 36 overall pick in this year's draft too high of a price. But they had questions about how he'd fit in new coordinator Steve Spagnuolo's defense and made a decision to trade him instead of paying him $15.4 million for this season.
Ford was franchise tagged by the Chiefs, but Kansas City made it known they were more than willing to tag and trade the pass rusher, because they did not believe they were capable of reaching an extension with him and were anxious Ford might end up trying to hold out for the season. The 49ers need a winning season, and they need to contend with the Rams.
With rumors flying around that the Chiefs could ship Dee Ford, a trade finally commenced. You can't assume thhat Kansas City is done adding pieces.
Ford has 30.5 career sacks in five seasons, all with the Chiefs, including a personal-best in 2018, when he attained career firsts by starting all 16 regular-season games and being selected to the Pro Bowl.
Namely regarding defensive ends Solomon Thomas and Arik Armstead.
While Ford is expected to become a key piece among the 49ers defense, head coach Kyle Shanahan will have to decide precisely where he wants him to line up. Generating more sacks and turnovers could go a long way in the standings. "I don't think we are ready to put a tag on it one way or the other".
So how much will Ford benefit the 49ers? He should be used primarily in pass rushing situations.