Dee Ford’s time with the Chiefs could be over after the Chiefs put him on injured reserve on Thursday ending his season.
on Thursday after he’s missed the past several weeks with a back injury. It’s hard to know whether or not they think he could return this season or if this is motivated by his contract. If Ford is unable to play in 2018 because of his injury he sustained in 2017, the Chiefs owe him his $9 million guaranteed 5th year they picked up. At this point it’s hard to know which reason motivated his move to Injured Reserve.
What we do know is that his season is over and more than likely his time in Kansas City is over as well. Ford never matched the hope that most had for him coming from Auburn. While he did have a position change that certainly didn’t help him get off to a fast start, he’s also been inconsistent. He’s had times where has looked good but usually from Justin Houston’s side of the field going against the right tackle.
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The questions Kansas City will have to answer is where are they going to find a bookend to Houston? We still have four games left in the season but Tanoh is still very raw. Next season the Chiefs will get back promising pass rusher Dadi Nicolas but it’s hard to count on a guy his size. He’s a lot like Ford and would struggle to stand up against the run. There are many questions about the guys that will be playing over the coming weeks. One question we thought we may still have is answered with Ford’s move to IR.