The San Francisco 49ers' intimidating defense was key in the team's Super Bowl appearence last season, but a laundry list of injuries has limited the team in 2020. Thanks to the return of some long-injured players in Week 12, the team earned an upset victory over the Los Angeles Rams to improve to 5-6.
However, it seems that defensive end Dee Ford won't be able to suit up again for the 49ers this season.
Ford's extended absence is disheartening, especially given the defender's lack of impact with the team after being trading to them in 2019.
Ford rose to prominence with the Kansas City Chiefs, joining them as a first-round draft pick in 2014. Ford eventually blossomed, becoming a force at the linebacker position. He earned his first Pro Bowl selection in 2018 after racking up 55.0 total tackles, 13.0 sacks, and a league-leading 7 forced fumbles.
Ford was expected to give San Francisco a dominant edge rusher, but he only registered two starts for the 49ers in 2019. And he only appeared for the team in Week 1 of this season before landing on the injured reserve list.
For as little as Ford has produced with the 49ers (17.0 total tackles and 6.5 sacks in just 12 total games) despite a huge contract (five years, $85 million), the team would be smart to explore ways to get his massive cap hit off of the roster.
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