The Chiefs placed the franchise tag on Dee Ford, but they are open to trading him and they have at least a couple of suitors.
The 49ers and Packers have both expressed interest in acquiring the pass-rush specialist, according to NFL Network.
Two #Chiefs notes: 1. They seem to have a market for franchised pass-rusher Dee Ford, with the #Packers and #49ers expressing interest, I’m told. 2. They are hosting FA RB Carlos Hyde and there is a good chance they sign him, if all goes well with the physical, source said.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) March 9, 2019
Ford tallied 13 sacks for Kansas City last season, but with the firing of defensive coordinator Bob Sutton and subsequent hiring of Steve Spagnuolo, the fit for the Pro Bowl player is not quite as good.
Spaguolo specializes in a 4-3 defense whereas Ford excels as an outside linebacker in the 3-4.
The Packers run a 3-4 defense so the fit there makes plenty of sense. The 49ers though run a 4-3 so that fit isn’t quite as good. However, the Chiefs have not said Ford can’t play defensive end in a 4-3 scheme.
The team is willing to hold on to Ford and play him at that position if they can’t find a deal for him they like so they clearly believe he can do it. Just on the surface, the fit in Green Bay’s defense would appear to be ideal.
And when you consider Ford would slot in on the opposite side of Clay Matthews, Green Bay fans can have a lot to dream about.