The Chiefs had placed the franchise tag on Ford after he had a career-high 13 sacks last season and led the National Football League with seven forced fumbles.
When this deal becomes official - which can not occur until after 3 p.m. CT Wednesday at the earliest - Ford's contract is expected to be for five years and $87.5 million, according to ESPN's Josina Anderson.
The 49ers finally landed a premier pass rusher off the edge. Last year, interior lineman DeForest Buckner became the first Niner to reach double-digit sacks since Smith in 2012, but Shanahan and Lynch have been searching for the outside complement to help a team that has lost 11 one-possession games over the past two seasons turn that tide. Ford had just 5.5 sacks over his first two seasons as a bit player behind Justin Houston and Tamba Hali.
Then again, a fresh start being a great opportunity for Ford also means the Rams now have one more key player to worry about during the 2019 season and beyond since the NFC champions are fortunate enough to play the 49ers twice each season.
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The Seahawks-style scheme employed by coordinator Robert Saleh doesn't blitz very often by design, making it imperative the defensive line can generate pressure with just four pass rushers. There were rumblings in KC about Ford being a bust after being taken with the 23rd overall pick in the 2014 draft out of Auburn. His best statistical season was in 2016 when he racked up 145 combined tackles, three sacks seven passes defensed, an interception, a touchdown, and a forced fumble. Instead, they gave him the franchise tag on March 2.
San Francisco has been searching for a player on the outside fitting that description since it parted ways with Aldon Smith in 2014.
San Francisco is clearly betting on the fact that the 2018 version of Ford is what they'll be getting moving forward. After all, the Chiefs made him expendable because they're switching from a 3-4 front to a 4-3 under new coordinator Steve Spagnuolo.
Ford's struggles against the run shouldn't matter much.