San Francisco 49ers release injury-plagued defensive end Dee Ford

SANTA CLARA, Calif. — After 3 injury-plagued seasons, protective end Dee Ford’s time with the San Francisco 49ers is formally over.

The Niners launched Ford on Wednesday in a relocation that had actually been anticipated considering that Ford’s 2021 season ended in December with him on hurt reserve due to the fact that of relentless back issues.

San Francisco basic supervisor John Lynch stated Tuesday that a relocation would be upcoming with Ford after showing at the NFL owners conferences in March that Ford had actually played his last snaps with the group.

“I don’t see a lot of hope in him being a factor for us on the field moving forward,” Lynch stated then. “We’ve tried to be as patient as possible, and no fault of Dee, he just ran into a bad situation with his back where he couldn’t get healthy. He is rehabbing, but I don’t see him being a part of us.”

Because Ford has actually been handling a continuous back problem, the Niners had actually been client prior to launching him so regarding expand the salary-cap charges that stay on his agreement. Since Wednesday’s relocation follows June 1, the Niners will expand the bulk of the more than $11.5 million left on his offer over the next 2 years. The relocation conserves $1.12 million versus the 2022 wage cap.

For the Niners, Ford’s release is a frustrating conclusion to a once-promising union in between gamer and group. The Niners initially obtained Ford in a 2019 trade with the Kansas City Chiefs in exchange for a second-round draft choice. The 49ers quickly signed Ford to a five-year, $85 million handle visions of Ford and fellow end Nick Bosa damaging quarterbacks for many years to come.

There were peeks of that in 2019 when Ford had 6.5 sacks in 11 video games and San Francisco rose to a look in Super Bowl LIV. But Ford had problem with numerous injuries that season and the back issues that pestered him as far back as his time at Auburn never ever disappeared.

All informed, Ford appeared in simply 18 regular-season video games with 9.5 sacks in 3 seasons in San Francisco. He played in 6 video games in 2022 with 3 sacks prior to landing on hurt reserve.

The 49ers utilized their very first choice in the 2022 NFL draft — No. 61 total — on protective end Drake Jackson with an eye towards Jackson ending up being Ford’s long-lasting replacement.

“[Jackson] just jumps off the film in terms of his … talent and length and his ability to turn the corner and redirect, all the things we look for and covet in a defensive end,” Lynch stated in April. “We think his best stuff is in front of him.”

Ford, 31, was picked to the Pro Bowl after the 2018 season while with the Chiefs. He has 40 sacks, 12 forced fumbles and 159 takes on in 8 NFL seasons.

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