On Thursday, Chiefs GM Brett Veach told reporters that they’re “excited” to bring back Dee Ford after an impressive 2018 season.
“We’re excited about bringing him back,” Veach said, per Brooke Pryor.
Ford has come up as a potential franchise tag candidate, which would run them around $15,591,000 for the 2019 season.
A few weeks ago, Ford said he would “love” to be back in Kansas City next, but it’s “out of [his] control.”
“I would love to come back here,” Ford said, via the Kansas City Star. “I would love to be here, but that’s out of my control.”
Ford is in line to be one of the best available players in this year’s free agent market, so it would take a large financial commitment to get him under contract long-term.
Ford, 27, 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.
Ford will make a base salary of $8,718,000 million for the 2018 season before becoming an unrestricted free agent this offseason.
In 2018, Ford appeared in 15 games for the Chiefs and recorded 55 tackles, 13 sacks, seven forced fumble and a pass defense. Pro Football Focus has him rated as the No. 8 edge rusher out of 107 qualifying players.
We have him featured in our Top 100 – 2019 NFL Free Agents list.