RUMOR: Browns could pursue Chiefs’ Dee Ford in free agency
Now that the Cleveland Browns have their quarterback in Baker Mayfield, and their head coach in Freddie Kitchens. Up next is building up their defensive line.
A former first-round pick, Ford was one of the league’s most productive pass-rushers this season, compiling 13 sacks. It’s the second time he’s reached double-digit sack numbers, as he had 10 in 2016.
Though he played only six games in 2017 after a back injury landed him on injured reserve, he appears to be in top form this season and ripe to cash in on a lucrative contract.
The Browns have $84,237,741 in cap space open for the 2019 NFL season, the fourth most in the league.
Cleveland’s defense had the second most takeaways this season, behind only the Chicago Bears, with 17 interceptions and 14 forced fumbles.
Now they look to add Dee Ford a defensive line that includes former number one overall pick Kyle Garrett and defensive tackle Larry Ogunjobi.
Ford stepped up in Saturday’s AFC Divisional Round game against the Indianapolis Colts, strip-sacking Andrew Luck with Kansas City already up 24-7.
In the 31-13 win over the Colts, Ford’s final line was four tackles, a sack, two quarterback hits and a forced fumble.
He’s getting just in time to help lead his team towards a Super Bowl and to prove to NFL general managers, like Cleveland’s John Dorsey, that he deserves a big payday.