Odell Beckham overshadowed Chiefs-49ers blockbuster Dee Ford trade


Veach and Reid know the execution of both plans need to work in synchronization. He was a key member of a Chiefs defense that tied for the league lead with 52 sacks in the regular season on its way to the AFC title game, which Kansas City lost to the New England Patriots 37-31.

In these situations, even talented players are sometimes removed for the overall benefit of the renovation.

The 49ers are in trade talks with the Kansas City Chiefs surrounding franchise pass rusher Dee Ford, according to multiple reports. The Chiefs are making significant defensive shifts this offseason, and the primary losses have been the team's two outside pass rushers in Ford and Justin Houston. His breakout campaign came one year after an injury-riddled 2017 and two years after a breakout campaign in which he registered 10 sacks and 17 quarterback hurries.

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.

The interesting thing about a deal to the 49ers, though, is San Francisco also runs a 4-3 defense.

The 49ers are adding to their defensive arsenal with the reported trade for Chiefs franchise player, Dee Ford as trade season in the National Football League continues to deliver eye-popping headlines.

That's not much of a concern for San Francisco, which could use Ford's pass-rushing prowess. It has always been believed that the 49ers would select an edge rusher with the No. 2 overall pick.

"You have to have a guy who can close out games, close out halves", Lynch said. I think we're also looking for powerful players.

The 49ers still have a long way to go to build a championship contender, but Ford - despite his previous mishap - is the exact kind of player that will help them get there.

But given the time and effort it took to finally land one prominent edge rusher, there's plenty of reason to believe the Niners are poised to double down at the position Shanahan has compared to a quarterback on offense in terms of importance.