The Chiefs appear prepared to move on from Dee Ford.
Kansas City will place the franchise tag on the outside linebacker, but they are doing so with other plans in mind.
Ford will be shopped on the trade market after receiving the tag, according to ESPN.
Chiefs are placing their franchise tag on LB Dee Ford today and plan to play with him this season, but with the change to a 4-3 defensive scheme, they will listen to trade offers for their franchised player, per league sources.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 2, 2019
The move will come after the team switches from a 3-4 to a 4-3 defense this year under new defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo. Dee — who just finished his fifth season in Kansas City — has the ability to be an edge rusher in a 4-3, but he has historically played better as an outside linebacker in a 3-4.
However, Kansas City is willing to keep Ford this season and will play him in the new defense if they cannot find a trade partner.
The 27-year-old tallied 13 sacks for the Chiefs last year and has 30 1/2 sacks in five years with the team.
His success, though, has not translated on the field in recent years. Kansas City has ranked 31st, 28th and 24th over the last three seasons in total defense.