Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports

Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports


49ers 20 for ‘20: #5 Dee Ford

Gilbert Brink
Mar 12, 2020 at 7:17 AM


On the field defensive end Dee Ford is a dominant force. A blazing quick edge rusher who can completely wreck a passing offense with the pressure he puts on the quarterback. When the 49ers traded for Ford and paired him with defensive end Nick Bosa, they created a 1-2 punch on the defensive line that propelled the 49ers into title contention. It's hard to find anything bad to say about Dee Ford, but there is one obvious flaw in his game: his ability to stay on the field.

Through 6 seasons of his career Ford has only one when he played all 16 games. The 49ers knew this when they traded for him in 2019, and while Ford missed nearly half the season due to injury, his return in the playoffs aided the 49ers defense on its road to the Super Bowl.

Only one player on the 49ers is paid more than Ford, and that man is quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo. If Ford can play all 16 games, he will earn every dollar. He is that much of a difference maker. Hopefully for 49ers fans Dee Ford can stay healthy in 2020, because if he does, he could play a big part in returning this team to the Super Bowl.

2019 Performance


Dee Ford was a monster when he was on the field. In the 10 games that Ford played in the regular season he recorded 6.5 sacks, 14 tackles and 2 forced fumbles. His influence was bigger than individual numbers though, when he was off the field the 49ers defense struggled to come up with sacks. In the 6 games when Ford was sidelined his line mate Arik Armstead registered just 2 sacks, when Ford was in the lineup Armstead produced 8 sacks. The outside pressure brought by Ford allowed inside rushers to clean up and sack the QB regularly. Pro Football Focus graded Ford at an 84.4. Players graded similarly were Arizona ED Chandler Jones (84.9), Chicago ED Khalil Mack (86.2) and Philadelphia ED Brandon Graham (84.8).

2020 Cost


Ford's production comes with a hefty price tag. In 2020 Ford carries a $15.8 million cap hit. If traded or released prior to 6/1/20 that cap hit would be lowered to $6 million and free up $9 million in cap space.

Future Outlook


Paraag Marathe is a cap wizard. When signing Ford, Marathe built into the contract what is essentially a 2-year escape clause. After 2020, the 49ers can straight out cut Ford and only accrue a $4 million cap hit in 2021, essentially voiding the rest of his deal. If Ford can't stay a healthy this is a very viable option for the 49ers. Ford is scheduled to average $18 million a year in the final 3 years of his deal running 2021-2023. As talented as Ford is, the 49ers may not be able to justify that spending in 2021 and this may very well be the final season Ford plays in San Francisco.



Next: No. 4 - DeForest Buckner
The views within this article are those of the writer and, while just as important, are not necessarily those of the site as a whole.


0 Comments

  • No Comments

Facebook Comments



More San Francisco 49ers News



49ers among teams that already met with Oregon State RB Jermar Jefferson

By David Bonilla
Feb 18, 2021

According to Justin Melo of The Draft Network, the San Francisco 49ers are among several teams that have already met with Oregon State running back Jermar Jefferson. The others are the New England Patriots, Green Bay Packers, New York Jets, and Indianapolis Colts. Oregon State RB Jermar Jefferson has recently met virtually with the #49ers, #Patriots,



'He won't be an elite quarterback': PFF lists 49ers with 'high' QB need due to Jimmy Garoppolo's shortcomings

By David Bonilla
Feb 19, 2021

We have just one sample of a full season with Jimmy Garoppolo as a starter. During that 2019 season, the quarterback led the San Francisco 49ers to 13 regular-season wins and a playoff run ending with a Super Bowl appearance. Outside of that, Garoppolo was a backup in New England and has battled to stay on the field due to injuries in San Francisco. Anthony Treash of Pro Football Focus recently ranked every NFL team's quarterback situation by need. After all, the quarterback can be the most important position on a team, and those that have elite ones can have longer championship windows. The 49ers fell under "high" for quarterback need, which within this ranking means the current starter



49ers the most likely to go from worst to first in 2021, says Gil Brandt

By David Bonilla
Feb 19, 2021

NFL Media senior analyst Gil Brandt took a look at the eight most-likely candidates to go from worst to first and enjoy a Washington Football Team-type turnaround during the 2021 season. Washington won just three games in 2019 and then increased that total by four in 2020. Seven victories aren't overly impressive, but in a season during which the NFC East was downright awful, it was enough to earn the division crown. At the top of Brandt's ranking are the San Francisco 49ers. Kyle Shanahan's squad was in the Super Bowl just over a year ago, but injuries devastated the roster, and the depth chart was transformed by Week 2, resulting in just six wins. Then



49ers Promote Adam Peters to Assistant General Manager

By David Bonilla
Feb 19, 2021

The San Francisco 49ers have announced that VP of player personnel Adam Peters has been promoted to assistant general manager. "Adam has earned this promotion, which is a result of his hard work and dedication to the 49er Way," said Lynch via a statement issued by the team. "He has been a tremendous asset to our team and we look forward to Adam continuing to play an integral role in all aspects of football operations in our quest to compete for championships." Peters has spent the past four seasons with the 49ers, working closely with general manager John Lynch to build a roster that reached the Super Bowl during the 2019 season. Peters was a candidate this offseason for the general manager job with the Carolina Panthers. The team ultimately hired former Seattle


Featured

More by Gilbert Brink

More Articles

Share 49erswebzone