Pass rusher Dee Ford has multiple suitors if the Kansas City Chiefs opt to deal the franchise-tagged defensive end.
According to reports, the Green Bay Packers and San Francisco 49ers are pushing to the front of the line as the Chiefs look to move Ford for a draft pick.
The Chiefs are reportedly interested in courting Patriots pass rusher Trey Flowers in free agency.
Ford was one of several top pass rushers who were tagged Monday, including the Dallas Cowboys’ DeMarcus Lawrence, the Houston Texans’ Jadeveon Clowney, the Atlanta Falcons’ Grady Jarrett and the Seattle Seahawks’ Frank Clark.
Ford, 27, earned about $8.7 million in 2018 after the fifth-year option of his contract was exercised. The one-year franchise tag for linebackers is worth $15.44 million in 2019.
He would have to sign the franchise tender before any deal could be made.
The Chiefs are switching from a 3-4 base defense to a 4-3 under new coordinator Steve Spagnuolo, with Ford likely moving to defensive end if he stays with Kansas City.
Ford has 30.5 career sacks in five seasons, all with the Chiefs, including a personal-best 13 in 2018, when he attained career firsts by starting all 16 regular-season games and being selected to the Pro Bowl. He also forced a league-high seven fumbles.
–Field Level Media