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The San Francisco 49ers are reportedly close to striking a deal with the Chiefs for the franchise tagged linebacker.

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The Kansas City Chiefs are closing in on a deal to send linebacker Dee Ford to the San Francisco 49ers, as first reported by NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport.

The Green Bay Packers, who were also speculated to be interested, agreed to sign two pass rushers earlier Tuesday, which likely escalated the talks.

Rapoport later added that the deal is “essentially agreed to.” The Chiefs will receive a second-round pick in 2020.

ESPN’s Josina Anderson is reporting that the 49ers plan to give Ford a deal somewhere in the range of five years and $87.5 million, which would equate to $17.4 million per season.

The deal is done, per friend of the site Terez Paylor of Yahoo! Sports.

On the Chiefs side of the trade, sending Ford to San Francisco means $15.44 million worth of free cap space for 2019. Are they targeting someone in particular?

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