With the new league year rapidly approaching, trades talks are going to heat up and we're expected to see even more action than we have so far, meaning bigger names will likely be on the move.
One of them could be Kansas City Chiefs star defender Dee Ford.
After making a season-ending mistake by lining up offsides late in the AFC Championship Game against the New England Patriots, Ford may have a new team in 2019. The Chiefs, after franchise tagging him, were said to reportedly be interested in trading him if they find the right offer, and now the Green Bay Packers and San Francisco 49ers have expressed interest.
Two #Chiefs notes: 1. They seem to have a market for franchised pass-rusher Dee Ford, with the #Packers and #49ers expressing interest, I’m told. 2. They are hosting FA RB Carlos Hyde and there is a good chance they sign him, if all goes well with the physical, source said.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) March 9, 2019
Two teams in need of a boost on defense, especially with the pass rush, are kicking the tires on Ford.
As for the Chiefs, they franchise tagged Ford on Monday, leading to a potential battle between the defender and the front office over what position he should be listed at. Being listed as a defensive end, the position Ford believes he would play under Steve Spagnuolo's 4-3 defense, makes Ford $1.5 million richer, with the tender being higher for DEs than LBs.
Meanwhile, Green Bay could be very thin at linebacker heading into this season, as they waived Antonio Morrison
However, the trade doesn't go without some risk for the Chiefs. Justin Houston isn't expected to be back with Kansas City, which would leave the Chiefs without two of their top pass rushers if both moves come to fruition.