B/R Trade Proposal Sends Star Niners Pass Rusher to Vikings

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The San Francisco 49ers’ Nick Bosa #97 and Dee Ford #55.

The anticipated return of pass rusher Dee Ford to the San Francisco 49ers, and what he could bring to the field if he ever finds his way back onto it on a regular basis, has gotten a lot of attention.

However, according to one NFL expert, the Niners should take a different route and move Ford now, leaving the nagging concerns, as well as the lingering problems, to another club.

On Monday, Aug. 23, Bleacher Report’s Brad Gagnon released a trade proposal in which he said that trading the former Pro Bowl pass rusher made more sense for the Niners than retaining him. The core of Gagnon’s case is that the often injured Ford is an unnecessary component on an already strong defense, and that it’s past time for San Francisco to make the wise financial choice.

Gagnon said, “The 49ers have Nick Bosa and Arik Armstead on the edge, as well as plenty of top talent around them.” “They don’t need Ford, and they can save $4 million right now by trading their losses.”

“As a result, they should join the (Denver) Broncos and perhaps the (Buffalo) Bills in forming a partnership with the (Minnesota) Vikings, who don’t want to start the season with just a post-injury Danielle Hunter and the uninspired Stephen Weatherly leading the pass rush,” he added.

In his attempts to return, Ford never considered failure.

Dee Ford

GettyThe San Francisco 49ers’ Dee Ford.

Ford was acquired by San Francisco in 2019, a year after he was named to his only Pro Bowl as a member of the Kansas City Chiefs. Staying on the pitch has been a struggle since then.

During his debut season in the Bay Area, Ford appeared in 11 games for the Niners, starting just two of them. Last season, he only played in one game for the club after suffering neck and back ailments in Week 1.

Since then, his reappearance has been a source of speculation in San Francisco. Ford was even said to be considering retiring after seven seasons in the NFL. When questioned about it at a recent media conference, the defensive lineman laughed it off.

When asked whether he had contemplated retiring, Ford said emphatically, “Hell no.” “I overworked myself. I still haven’t taped my best ball. This is the story of my life. This is what I’m good at.”

“At first, it was four to five weeks, but then it became ten weeks, and then it became fifteen,” he said. “As time went on, we simply realized that this was going to take a bit longer than we anticipated. However, we were able to complete the task.”

Over time, the Niners brass has been more optimistic about Ford.


GETTYJohn Lynch, general manager of the San Francisco 49ers.

Ford’s injuries and subsequent progress have been discussed by Niners general manager John Lynch many times since the team’s season concluded. His remarks started out tempered, unsure, and non-committal, but they’ve gotten better each time he’s taken the stage.

On Aug. 13, Lynch told KNBR’s Murph & Mac program, “I didn’t know what to think.” “I mean, it’s been a while with Dee, and the things he was dealing with last year was sort of a shifting target. He was certain that he would return. Because you didn’t know, it was difficult for us to have that same confidence.”

“We’ve received a lot of positive feedback. He’s been on the field. Lynch added, “We’re trying to be extremely careful about how we bring him back.” “However, he’s always had a big effect when he’s been out there, and that’s always been the case with Dee, so we just have to get him there.”

Despite the fact that Ford has been a regular at Niners offseason practices in recent days, he did not play in the team’s first preseason game against the Chiefs or their second game against the Los Angeles Chargers on Sunday.

If Ford remains out until the 49ers’ Week 1 game with the Lions in Detroit on Sept. 12, it will have been precisely a year since the pass rusher last played an official snap on an NFL field.

The 49ers ota is a trade proposal that sends 49er pass rusher to the Vikings.

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