The San Francisco 49ers announced Wednesday that they’ve released veteran OLB Dee Ford.
The #49ers have released Dee Ford.
— San Francisco 49ers (@49ers) July 27, 2022
The writing has been on the wall for Ford, so this shouldn’t come as a big surprise.
Ford, 31, 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 was paid a $13,650,000 fully guaranteed base salary for the 2020 season but played in just one game.
Ford was scheduled to make a base salary of $16.5 million over the next season before he agreed to a new deal with the 49ers.
In 2021, Ford appeared in six games for the 49ers, recording five tackles, three sacks, and one forced fumble.