John Dorsey: Exercising Dee Ford’s option was ‘no-brainer decision’

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The Kansas City Chiefs GM says that he knew all along that the team would exercise the fifth year option on Dee Ford’s rookie deal.

While there were certainly some pros and cons to consider when it comes to Dee Ford’s future with the Kansas City Chiefs overall, general manager John Dorsey says that picking up his fifth year contract option of his original rookie deal was a “no-brainer decision.” Despite the drop in production in the season’s second half or the slower development than expected from a first round pick, Dorsey was straightforward in his assessment and the underlying impression is that Dorsey feels just fine about Ford’s learning curve and future.

"“That was a no-brainer decision,” Dorsey said. “We’ve known all along we were going to exercise the option. I just wanted to prudently think about it. I wanted to have (Monday) morning to assess the situation and just kind of see how we turned out in the draft. I think Dee has a fine future with this organization.”"

Ford had a career-high 10 sacks last season, up from 4 the previous season. Ford only had 1.5 sacks during his rookie season that was largely a developmental year learning the plays, how to read the quarterback and how to play the run. Last year, Ford, at one point, led the NFL in sacks at the midway point of the season, and if double digit sacks can be a regular occurrence, even over a full season, the Chiefs would likely take it. If Ford repeats that total or even bests it, he’s likely in line for a nice extension in the next several months.