Yates adds that San Francisco converted Ford’s base salary into a signing bonus.
The 49ers currently have just $8.5 million in cap, so this gives them some wiggle room to add another player.
Earlier this offseason, Ford told reporters that he had knee surgery a couple of weeks after the season. Ford said it was “a pretty extensive cleanup,” but he feels great now. (NFLTR)
Ford, 29, was taken with the No. 23 overall pick by the Chiefs back in 2014. He was in the final year of his four-year, $8.158 million rookie contract when the Chiefs picked up his fifth-year option and later traded him to the 49ers for a 2020 second-round pick.
The 49ers then signed Ford to a five-year, $87.55 million contract. He’s owed a $13,650,000 fully guaranteed base salary for the 2020 season.
In 2019, Ford appeared in 11 games for the 49ers and recorded 14 tackles, 6.5 sacks, two forced fumbles and a pass defense.