For the 49ers, adding a premium edge rusher - or two - has always been at the top of their offseason shopping list.
If the Arizona Cardinals, who own the No. 1 pick in the draft, select Ohio State EDGE Nick Bosa, that leaves the Niners with two logical options - to try to trade down in the draft, or to draft Alabama defensive tackle Quinnen Williams or Kentucky edge rusher Josh Allen. The Chiefs had used a 3-4 defense the past five seasons, and Ford was one of their starting outside linebackers. Ford has registered 137 combined tackles, 30.5 sacks, six passes defensed, and nine forced fumbles during his five National Football League seasons.
Ford's trade is just the latest of several unofficial roster moves for the Chiefs ahead of Wednesday's start to the free agency period. And it came a year removed from a back injury that required surgery and caused him to miss 10 games in 2017. His best year was the 2018 season, when he recorded 55 tackles and 13 sacks. If the 49ers hold true to their patterns with big deals, it's likely the guaranteed money comes in the first three years of the contract, though the details of the agreement haven't come out yet.
But the 49ers also run a 4-3, though it's different from most. He played in a 4-3 during his college career at Auburn. The 49ers don't have "Leo" or "Sam" monikers for defensive ends in those groupings. The other team was the Green Bay Packers.
They have reportedly sought a second-round pick in exchange for the 27-year-old. "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".