Chiefs’ Dee Ford doesn’t mind if Kansas City gives him the franchise tag
The Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Dee Ford is coming off a fantastic season in which he accounted for a career-high 55 combined tackles and a career-best 13.0 sacks. To say Ford put on a great performance this season would be an understatement.
Now that Ford is heading into his sixth season with the team, it’s likely if Ford has one more season like this he’ll get a nice contract. Until then, he’ll have to prove to the Chiefs that he’s capable of having more seasons like this.
Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk spoke about the situation in which Ford will likely play under the franchise tag next season. Ford doesn’t seem very phased by the possibility of a franchise tag and it’s clear his heart is with the Chiefs.
“That’s out of my control. If it happens, it happens, and I don’t mind it.”
According to Florio, Ford should ‘mind’ being placed under the franchise tag.
“Pass rushers have significant value in the NFL, and players maximize their value only by hitting the open market. While the franchise tag will entail great money (likely more than $15 million if tagged as a linebacker with the possibility of arguing that he’s entitled to the significantly higher defensive end tender), a first-day-of-free-agency contract for a high-level player at a high-value position becomes a multi-generational proposition.”
Ford has not had a season like he had in 2018 since joining the league back in 2014, but the level he played at this season is incredibly promising going forward. The Chiefs need defensive stars and Ford seems to qualify under that category as he was voted into his first career Pro Bowl this season. Ford doesn’t appear to want to play anywhere else, so it’ll be up to the former Auburn star to work hard and build upon the great season he had in 2018.
“Of course, that’s home to me. I love the community and I’m just used to that environment, so I’ll be blessed to be able to stay. We’ll cross that bridge once when we get there.”