NFL rumors: Dee Ford, 49ers restructure contract to two years, $24M

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Report: 49ers, Ford reach compromise on restructured deal originally appeared on NBC Sports Bayarea

The 49ers reportedly have come to a compromise with pass rusher Dee Ford

According to NFL Media's Ian Rapoport, Ford and the 49ers have agreed on a two-year restructured contract that is worth $24 million.

There has been no indication if an injury clause similar to his previous contact is part of the new deal. 

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Ford’s initial contract with the 49ers, inked in 2019, was a five-year agreement for $85.5 million. Remaining on the club’s roster on April 1 guaranteed $11.6 million of Ford's base salary. 

The 49ers signed Ford after his 2018 Pro Bowl season where he racked up a career-high 13 sacks and a league-high seven forced fumbles. That season, the veteran pass rusher also registered 55 total tackles and 29 quarterback hits. 

But since joining the 49ers, Ford only has appeared in 12 games over two seasons, registering 6.5 regular-season sacks, 17 total tackles and six quarterback hits. After suiting up for the 49ers' 2020 season opener, a neck and back injury that reportedly occurred during practice kept Ford off the field for the remainder of the season. 

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In order for the new contract to be amenable to both sides, it is likely weighted more on performance and availability while still allowing the same potential for earnings. It was important for the 49ers to reduce Ford’s $20.08 million 2021 salary-cap hit with the NFL’s reduced $182.5 million limit. 

There is no question that when the 49ers' pass rush was dominant in 2019 when both Ford and Bosa were healthy.

As the 49ers hope to return to the postseason in 2021 with their pass rush leading the way, a healthy, incentivized Ford could be a key factor.  

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