The Kansas City Chiefs are trading pass rusher Dee Ford to the San Francisco 49ers, according to multiple reports.
The Chiefs' defensive overhaul under newly hired coordinator Steve Spagnuolo will continue by trading Ford for a 2020 second-round pick, according to reports.
ESPN's Josina Anderson said the deal was made on the account of Ford reaching a long-term deal with San Francisco, which is in live to be a five-year contract worth around $87.5 million.
The Chiefs placed the franchise tag on Dee Ford earlier this month.
Th Chiefs are now without their top two pass rushers from an AFC Championship run. The Chiefs released Justin Houston on Sunday, freeing up nearly $30 million in cap space between the two moves.
Kansas City is signing safety Tyrann Mathieu to a three-year, $42 million deal, with roughly $15 million left in cap space toward free agency.
Ford’s future in the organization was put into doubt when the Chiefs hired defensive coordinator Spagnuolo after Bob Sutton's firing days after the AFC Championship loss. Ford’s outside linebacker position was essentially removed with a switch to a 4-3 defense coming.
Ford, drafted in the first round in 2014, played defensive end at Auburn but is undersized to play the position in the NFL.
“Still kind of assessing that,” Spagnuolo said. “The one thing he can do, and we all know this, he is an explosive football player that makes a lot of plays. 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.”
Ford is coming off his best season with the Chiefs. In 16 games, Ford totaled 13 sacks to go, 51 tackles and seven forced fumbles.
He amassed 129 career tackles and 30.5 sacks in his five years in Kansas City.
The Chiefs still have four top 100 picks.