Why Dee Ford trade makes sense for 49ers, but Odell Beckham deal didn't

Why Dee Ford trade makes sense for 49ers, but Odell Beckham deal didn't

The New York Giants maintained for weeks that three-time Pro Bowl wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. was not signed to a lucrative extension in August to trade him just a few months later.

But the Cleveland Browns made the Giants an offer they could not refuse, delivering a bounty for his rights through the 2023 season. And all indications are that the 49ers were not willing to part ways with the No. 2 overall pick in the draft to acquire Beckham.

The Kansas City Chiefs, meanwhile, placed the franchise tag on edge rusher Dee Ford last week. The intention was to trade him.

The price was right for the 49ers, who kept all of their 2019 draft picks to fill their biggest need with the best available player to get after the quarterback. Completion of the trade Tuesday night was contingent on working out the details of a contract extension with the 49ers.

Those details were hammered out with a five-year, $87.5 million agreement, ESPN’s Josina Anderson reported.

Ford was one of four edge rushers who was tagged as a franchise player. His one-year salary as an outside linebacker was scheduled to be $15.443 million. The non-exclusive tag means other teams were allowed to negotiate with Ford and sign him to an offer sheet. The price tag for signing a franchise player is two first-round draft picks.

But the Chiefs settled for far less from the 49ers to dump his salary.

Ford, 27, was a first-round pick of the Chiefs in 2014. He had a breakout season in 2016 with 10 sacks before struggling with back issues in 2017 and appearing in just six games.

But Ford bounced back strong in 2018, recording 13 sacks and 55 tackles in 16 games. His season set him up for a big pay day after playing last season on the fifth-year option at $8,7 million.

The key to the 49ers’ willingness to work with the Chiefs and not the Giants is obvious. The 49ers did not have to touch their No. 2 overall pick in this year’s draft.

The Giants got what they wanted from the Browns -- the No. 17 overall pick -- while not parting with their selection at No. 6. The Giants also were able to pick up a third-round pick this year, as well as fill a need at safety. The Browns sent safety Jabrill Peppers to the Giants, who lost Landon Collins as a free agent to Washington on Monday.

The 49ers have more than one hole to fill, so it was important for them to hold onto as many of their draft picks as possible. And after acquiring Ford, they still have more work to do to improve their pass rush.

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The No. 2 overall pick is likely to bring more help for the defense after the club agreed to terms with free-agent linebacker Kwon Alexander on Monday.

The most logical options for the 49ers is to complement Ford and DeForest Buckner with one of two edge-rushing prospects -- Nick Bosa or Josh Allen.

How the 49ers fit into the NFL's trade picture at wide receiver

How the 49ers fit into the NFL's trade picture at wide receiver

A veteran wide receiver who has a history with 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan is moving to one of the NFL’s two unbeaten teams.

The New England Patriots on Tuesday morning completed a deal to acquire wide receiver Mohamed Sanu from the Atlanta Falcons for a second-round draft pick.

Sanu, 30, is in his eighth NFL season. He has 33 receptions for 313 yards in seven games this season. His best year came last season when he caught 66 passes for 838 yards and four touchdowns with the Falcons.

With a week before the NFL’s trade deadline, Sanu was one among a handful or more wide receivers around the league that is available in a deal. Sanu is signed through next season.

Some of the other options, as talked about on The 49ers Insider Podcast, have contracts that expire at the end of this season -- so the 49ers would be getting only a half-year rental.

The 49ers do not have a second-round pick in next year’s draft. The club would not be expected to pay a big price for such players as Denver’s Emmanuel Sanders or Cincinnati’s A.J. Green because both are scheduled to be free agents at the end of the season.

Sanders, 32, has 30 catches for 367 yards and two touchdowns in Rich Scangarello’s offense. Scangarello served as quarterbacks coach on Shanahan’s staff with the 49ers inte past two seasons.

Green, 31, is an immensely talented player who has not suited up for a game this season due to an ankle injury. It’s not known when he will be available to play this season. He has six 1,000 yard seasons in his career.

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Other receivers who could be available are Minnesota’s Stefon Diggs, Keenan Allen of the Chargers, Chicago’s Taylor Gabriel and Miami’s DeVante Parker.

Diggs is probably the least-likely to change teams after signing a five-year, $72 million extension last year. In the past two weeks, he has 309 yards receiving a three touchdowns, and the Vikings are 5-2, and in the thick of the NFC playoff picture.

Patriots acquire 49ers receiver trade target Mohamed Sanu from Falcons

Patriots acquire 49ers receiver trade target Mohamed Sanu from Falcons

So much for reuniting Mohamed Sanu with Kyle Shanahan in Santa Clara. 

The 49ers are down a possible wide receiver trade target as the Falcons reportedly sent Sanu to the Patriots Tuesday morning for a second-round draft pick. NFL Media's Ian Rapoport was first to report the news. 

Sanu made plenty of sense as a player the 49ers should try to acquire before the Oct. 29 NFL trade deadline. He played under Shanahan for two years in Atlanta when the 49ers head coach was the Falcons' offensive coordinator, and averaged nearly 700 yards receiving. The 30-year-old slot receiver would have become an instant favorite for quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo as an imposing 6-foot-2, 215-pound slot receiver. 

Instead, Sanu will be catching passes from Tom Brady in New England, and the two seem quite happy about the news. 

If the 49ers do indeed wish to add a receiver before the trade deadline, they have to turn their attention to different options now. CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora linked San Francisco to players such as DeVante Parker, Taylor Gabriel, A.J. Green and Emmanuel Sanders -- as well as Sanu -- on Sunday in a report that the 49ers are "highly motivated" to add a wide receiver. 

While it makes plenty of sense for the undefeated 49ers to add a receiver to the mix, Shanahan made it clear Monday that he trusts his in-house options

“The guys we have I still think can continue to get better. We’re still holding out hopes, too, for Jalen and Trent Taylor that they can heal up and hopefully return later this year," Shanahan said. “We’re always looking to improve, but I do like the guys we have here.”

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One name is off the board, with plenty options left. In the case the 49ers stand pat, Shanahan has instilled confidence into this group.

Remember, winning cures all.