Chiefs franchise Dee Ford, but are reportedly open to trading linebacker whose penalty saved Patriots

John Tomase
March 05, 2019 - 10:13 am

The Kansas City Chiefs have franchised linebacker Dee Ford, but according to the NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, they're willing to entertain offers on the pass rusher, whose neutral zone infraction saved the Patriots in the AFC title game.

Ford was a monster all season in Kansas City, recording 55 tackles, 13 sacks, and a league-leading seven forced fumbles. His season will be remembered, however, for the clear penalty he committed in the final minute of the AFC championship, negating what would've been a game-sealing interception by quarterback Tom Brady.

The post-play scene was caught in heartbreaking fashion by NFL Films on the Chiefs sideline, with a despondent Ford explaining the refs told him he was lined up offside and then plaintively asking a coach, "Was I?"

Ford will be due $15.4 million if he signs the franchise tag. The Chiefs are blowing up their defense, switching from a 3-4 to a 4-3 under new defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo, which means Ford will shift to defensive end if he remains in Kansas City.

Per Rapoport, the Chiefs will consider trading Ford to a team that's a better schematic fit, if the price is right. Rapoport added in an NFL Network followup that the price could be as low as a second-round pick.


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