The 49ers have agreed to send a 2020 second-round pick to the Chiefs for OLB Dee Ford, according to ESPN's Josina Anderson. The Niners will also reportedly give him a 5-year, $87.5 million contract. Ford enjoyed a breakout 2018, tying for 7th in the league with 13 sacks and tying for 5th in total QB hits (29). The move should switch Ford to DE in the Niners' 4-3 base, which would add significant IDP value. Kansas City, meanwhile, has jettisoned the only 2 OLBs who played more than 41% of the defensive snaps last year. Breeland Speaks and Tanoh Kpassagnon are prime replacement candidates for Ford and Justin Houston. We'll see what else the Chiefs add this offseason.
The Chiefs are using their franchise tag to keep OLB Dee Ford from reaching free agency. Reports have also surfaced that the team is trying to trade OLB Justin Houston. Ford enjoyed a breakthrough 2018, with 55 total tackles and 13 sacks -- both career highs. He also led all edge players with 78 total pressures, according to Pro Football Focus. Houston has reached 9 sacks each of the past 2 years but has also lost 4+ games to injury in 3 of the past 4 seasons. At 30, Houston's likely on the downside of his career. We'll see where this offseason takes him. He's worth holding in dynasty leagues that weigh sacks/pressures decently. You're not likely to find much trade value in him, and Houston has continued to flash high weekly upside when healthy.
Chiefs DE Chris Jones and OLB Dee Ford got ejected from Sunday's win over the Jaguars. Jones got booted for throwing a punch. Ford got the hook for committing 2 personal-foul penalties. We'll see if either will miss further time via suspension.
Chiefs OLBs Justin Houston (shoulder) and Dee Ford (hamstring) are both active for today's game against the Falcons. NT Dontari Poe (back) is also active but missed practice all week. CB Phillip Gaines (knee) is out for the game.
Chiefs OLB Justin Houston (shoulder) and OLB Dee Ford (hamstring) are questionable for Sunday's game in Atlanta. Houston suffered his injury in the 2nd quarter of his huge outing at Denver last Sunday night and played through it. He put in a full practice Wednesday before sitting out Thursday and putting in a limited workout Friday. The fact that he participated at all leads us to believe he'll play. Similarly, Ford put in limited practices all week and would seem on track to return. NT Dontari Poe (back) is also questionable after missing practice all week. He's not much of an IDP option even if he plays. We'll update the status for all 3 Sunday morning.
Chiefs OLB Dee Ford left in the 3rd quarter of Sunday's game against the Buccaneers with a hamstring injury and was ruled out. We'll see about his status for Week 12 and beyond. Further time off for Ford would only make it easier to find snaps for OLB Justin Houston.
Chiefs OLB Justin Houston put in limited practices all week in his return from the knee injury that cost him the 1st 8 games, but he's not ready to play just yet. K.C. has ruled him out for Sunday's game at Carolina. That leaves playing time for the rest of the OLBs, with Dee Ford the top IDP option.
The Chiefs announced Tuesday that OLB Justin Houston will begin the regular season on the PUP, meaning he'll miss at least the 1st 6 games. That's no surprise after he missed the entire offseason and training camp following February ACL surgery. Houston's continued absence does mean that you should be aware of the downside to the Chiefs' D. The other starting OLB, Tamba Hali, sat out most of camp on the PUP list as well with a knee issue. He's back for the regular season, but it's fair to wonder how much the soon-to-be 33-year-old has left. Dee Ford started in Houston's spot in the 3rd preseason game, with Frank Zombo still filling in for Hali. Look for a rotation in the regular season -- one that will be missing 1 of the league's top pass rushers.
Chiefs OLB Justin Houston required an unexpected ACL repair in February, which might put his 2016 season in jeopardy. According to Chiefs head athletic trainer Rick Burkholder, a 2nd knee scope by Dr. James Andrews after January's playoff exit revealed that Houston's ACL "was intact" but that it "wasn't functioning properly." (Houston initially hyperextended the knee in Week 12.) Andrews reportedly fixed that issue, but Houston still faces a 6-12 month recovery window. From February, of course, that would be the difference between August or next February. We'll see how Houston progresses into and through the summer, but IDP owners clearly won't be able to count on him come fantasy draft time. The situation creates opportunity for OLB Dee Ford, whom teammate Tamba Hali recently challenged to improve his preparation. The Chiefs also re-signed Hali and OLB Frank Zombo this offseason and added OLB Jonathan Massaquoi
ESPN's Adam Schefter reports that the Chiefs expect OLB Justin Houston to miss the rest of the regular season with his hyperextended knee. He's hoping to return for the playoffs, though, which won't help most IDP owners or users of the Kansas City D in fantasy football. OLB Dee Ford broke through for 3 sacks in Houston's absence last week. He's a decent option in sack-friendly IDP leagues against the Ravens this week and a high-ceiling play against the Browns in Week 16. Oakland presents a tougher sack matchup in Week 17. The Chiefs team D is starter-worthy for weeks 15 and 16 at least.
Auburn DE/OLB Dee Ford went to the Chiefs with the 23rd pick of the NFL draft. Ford doesn't look like a rookie starter on a 3-4 D that still boasts OLB Tamba Hali and OLB Justin Houston. But Hali has just 1 year left on his contract beyond this season (at $8.75 million total). Houston's in the final year of his deal but has reportedly already begun extension talks with the team. Ford carries long-term intrigue for IDP owners but doesn't look like he'll factor into the 2014 IDP rankings.
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