Chiefs sign Dee Ford

AP

The Chiefs have wrapped up their draft pick signings by reaching a deal with their first-round selection.

Outside linebacker Dee Ford, the No. 23 overall pick, has signed a four-year deal with Kansas City, the club said Saturday.

The 6-foot-2, 243-pound Ford recorded 10.5 sacks for SEC champion Auburn in 2013, including a pair of sacks in the loss in the BCS National Championship Game to Florida State. Then, in the Senior Bowl, Ford won game MVP honors after notching two sacks in the South’s 20-10 victory.

The ninth first-round selection to have reached a contract agreement, Ford is likely to play a reserve role in his first NFL season. The Chiefs are strong at outside linebacker, with Justin Houston and Tamba Hali earning Pro Bowl nods in each of the last two seasons. Nevertheless, Ford seems likely to at least be able to contribute in pass-rush situations.

News of Ford’s signing comes on the first day of the Chiefs’ rookie minicamp. The practices run through Monday.

17 responses to “Chiefs sign Dee Ford

  1. no one is talking about it, but I think it will be very interesting to see who got the best rusher. KC thinks Ford was the 2nd best pass rusher in the draft. you have SD who got Attaochu, Raiders get Mack who knows how they use him, Clowney to the Texans. Eagles with Smith after losing Ford.

    there will be booms and busts. should be fun to follow the careers of these young LB’s.

  2. Basically he just anticipates the snap count and jumps it. He’ll get some sacks but also a lot of encroachment penalties.

  3. and KC mostly runs 2 DL sets anyway. they will find ways to get Ford on the field. I am shocked that you pundits continue to be shocked with the selection. think about it. they were on a record setting pace and winning games. then their OLB’s got hurt and tired. they got 0 sacks in a couple games. now they are fixing that problem. Plus unless Hali restructures, this is his last year in KC.

  4. “Basically he just anticipates the snap count and jumps it. He’ll get some sacks but also a lot of encroachment penalties.”

    that is just not true. Ford just has such a fast first step that it appears that way. the problem with Ford is he doesn’t play the run and lacks the hand fighting a guy like Hali uses. which is why Hali is the perfect OLB to replace and learn from

  5. “They were on a record setting pace and winning games. then their OLB’s got hurt and tired. they got 0 sacks in a couple games”

    Or maybe the chiefs defense got exposed when they were not facing back up qb’s. Chiefs defense was good but not great, and highly overrated.

  6. no one is talking about it, but I think it will be very interesting to see who got the best rusher. KC thinks Ford was the 2nd best pass rusher in the draft. you have SD who got Attaochu, Raiders get Mack who knows how they use him, Clowney to the Texans. Eagles with Smith after losing Ford.

    there will be booms and busts. should be fun to follow the careers of these young LB’s.

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    Don’t forget Anthony Barr

  7. Auburn fan hear. I hope Dee can stay healthy. He never was at Auburn. Really did not do anything till the last 12 games of Senior year.

    Good luck Dee!

  8. Did anyone watch Seattle? See how many D lineman they had rotating? Ford will fit well and help keep everyone rested.

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