The San Francisco 49ers are moving on from one their worst recent signings.
Before ending his Kansas City career with a costly offsides penalty in the AFC Championship Game, Ford recorded 13.5 sacks and seven forced fumbles in 2018. That prompted the 49ers to award him a five-year, $85 million deal with $33.35 million guaranteed.
However, he's played just 18 games over the last three seasons. After taking the field once in 2020, a back injury ended his 2021 after Week 7.
Injuries derailed any chance Ford had at making his mark in San Francisco. The 49ers certainly didn't get the return they expected, but the 31-year-old edge-rusher could help another team in the right situation.
Per The Athletic's David Lombardi, the release saves San Francisco $1.12 million in 2022 cap space. Ford will have time to pursue a fresh start before his ninth season.