The Kansas Metropolis Chiefs on Saturday are inserting their franchise tag on linebacker Dee Ford and plan to have him of their lineup this season, however with the change to a Four-Three defensive scheme, they are going to take heed to commerce gives for him, league sources instructed ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
The Chiefs intend to modify their base defensive scheme to a Four-Three underneath new coordinator Steve Spagnuolo, which doubtless would imply a transfer to defensive finish for Ford, who performed that place in school earlier than shifting to linebacker for Kansas Metropolis.
The one-year franchise tender for linebackers is predicted to be about $15.eight million, although an actual quantity has but to be set. Ford made about $eight.7 million final season after the Chiefs exercised the fifth-year choice of the contract he signed as a rookie in 2014.
PlayerPressuresSeasonAaron Donald732018Dee Ford692018Myles Garrett662018Chandler Jones662017Geno Atkins662016– NFL Subsequent Gen Stats
Ford, who will flip 28 on March 19, lastly grew to become the participant in 2018 that the Chiefs envisioned once they drafted him within the first spherical out of Auburn. He began all 16 video games for the primary time in his profession and had a career-high 13 sacks. He additionally was chosen to play within the Professional Bowl for the primary time.
He stated late within the common season that he would signal the one-year franchise tender if chosen, calling the choice a “no-brainer.” And the staff’s determination to take action did not come as a shock.
“Once we drafted Dee a number of years in the past, all these issues that we envisioned for him, he sort of confirmed that he was that participant,” basic supervisor Brett Veach stated just lately.
“We’re enthusiastic about bringing him again.”
In his first 4 seasons, Ford had a complete of 17.5 sacks — 10 of which got here throughout a nine-game stretch in 2016. In any other case, till 2018, Ford had 7.5 sacks to indicate for his different 42 video games.
Ford ended his finest season together with his least productive sport. He had no sacks or tackles within the AFC Championship Sport loss to the New England Patriots, and he was penalized for lining up offside on a play that negated an interception within the closing minute of the fourth quarter.
The interception may have allowed the Chiefs, who had a four-point lead on the time, to expire the clock. As a substitute, the Patriots continued their drive to a go-ahead landing and ultimately received in additional time.
Info from ESPN’s Adam Teicher was used on this report.