49ers make Dee Ford trade, Kwon Alexander signing official

As the Los Angeles Rams continue to prepare for the new league year officially beginning on Wednesday, it looks like a familiar face in the San Francisco 49ers just pulled off an epic trade to bring on one of the league's top defensive players in Dee Ford.

The Chiefs and 49ers have been in negotiations for Ford the past couple of weeks, and the two came to an agreement before the official start of free agency. He recorded 55 combined tackles and league-high seven forced fumbles to go along with his career-high sack total this past season.

But he emerged as a star this past season as a key part of a defense that helped Kansas City make it to the AFC championship game.

Outside linebacker Dee Ford became the Chiefs' latest player to not be retained for next season.

News of Alexander's signing was first reported on Monday by both Ian Rapoport of NFL Network and Pro Football Talk.

During his five seasons in Kansas City, Ford was an outside linebacker in a 3-4 defensive scheme. That's 28 of the team's 52 sacks that appear headed out the door for 2019, unless Bailey and the Chiefs agree on a new contract. Instead, the Patriots continued their drive to a go-ahead touchdown and eventually won in overtime.

Ford was traded to the 49ers on Tuesday in exchange for a second-round draft pick in 2020, a relatively low cost to fill one of the team's most pressing needs - a dominant pass rusher. His first two seasons (2014-15) were spent as a rotational pass rusher behind Tamba Hali and Justin Houston. "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". They're going to be playing with a quick trigger and getting after it. Obviously San Francisco believes Ford won't have a problem adjusting from a 3-4 defense. "But, those are guys that can get to the quarterback and finish him".

Vanessa Coleman

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