Chiefs GM Brett Veach looking forward to bringing back Dee Ford
After the Kansas City Chiefs lost to the New England Patriots in the AFC Championship game, Dee Ford said he had no issue playing next season under the franchise tag. General manager Brett Veach seems excited about bringing him back, via Arrowhead Pride.
“He had an outstanding season. He was at the top of his game. When we drafted Dee a few years ago, all those things we envisioned for him, he showed that he was that player. We are running a different scheme now, and Steve (Spagnuolo)—he actually started the process on Monday to go through the roster and look at these guys.”
Veach said they might have to be creative with the cap to bring Ford back, especially with Patrick Mahomes due for a big payday soon, but there is no doubt in Veach’s mind that they want him this coming season.
“Not knowing where they were drafted or how much money they’re making, just gives you a pure feel on strengths, weaknesses and how we can get better and then we’ll throw our dialogue in there with the other information in regard to what we can do to get creative in regard to structuring this thing from a cap standpoint. Obviously, Dee’s a player that had done so much for us, in particular, last year, that we’re excited about bringing him back.”
Ford’s 2017 season was cut short because of injury, but he was one of the best defenders in the AFC in 2018. He finished with 13 sacks and 55 tackles and was a headache for opposing offensive lines. Expect the Chiefs to try and work out a long-term deal with Ford this offseason. If they can’t come to an agreement, they’ll likely apply the franchise tag.