BC-FBN--Chiefs-Ford Franchise Tag
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Kansas City Chiefs placed the franchise tag on outside linebacker Dee Ford on Monday, making official a decision the team had been leaning toward throughout the offseason.
Ford is coming off the best season of his career, piling up 13 sacks and forcing an NFL-leading seven fumbles. The Chiefs have expressed an interest in signing Ford to a long-term deal, though they are also open to trading him as they switch from a 3-4 to 4-3 base defense.
In other words, it’s no sure thing Ford plays next season under the roughly $15.4 million tag.
The Chiefs are also considering what to do with fellow outside linebacker Justin Houston, who had nine sacks in 12 games last season. He carries a cap hit of $21.1 million, and the Chiefs could free up a significant amount of money by trading or releasing him.