On Saturday, the Kansas City Chiefs announced that they have reached an agreement with 2014 first-round pick Dee Ford.
While financial terms of Ford’s contract have not been revealed at this time, we do know that it is a four-year deal.
With the signing of Ford, the Chiefs now have their entire 2014 rookie class under contract.
Ford, who began his draft season by winning MVP honors at the Senior Bowl in Mobile, Alabama, was the No. 23 overall pick in this year’s draft. He will have the opportunity to make his impact felt immediately as part of the team’s linebacker rotation.
“What he will do during the course of the game is spell guys,” Chiefs general manager John Dorsey said of Ford earlier this week, via FOX Sports. “That gives you the ability to have your guys fresh rushing the passer late in the game.
“We all understand you can’t have enough good pass-rushers because it’s going to make that back seven look better the quicker you get to the quarterback.”
In his final year at Auburn, Ford record 10.5 sacks and 14.5 tackles for a loss for the Auburn Tigers, who went on to win the SEC Championship but ultimately fell short to the Florida State Seminoles in the national championship game.
Assuming Ford can make the type of impact that the Chiefs expect from him during his rookie season, the former Auburn standout could emerge as a starter in his sophomore campaign.