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Kyle Shanahan has "fingers crossed" for Dee Ford's return

6/10/2021 6:50:28 PM
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The San Francisco 49ers have gotten very little return on their investment of a second-round pick and a major contract to acquire pass rusher Dee Ford from the Kansas City Chiefs in 2019 but head coach Kyle Shanahan is optimistic that Ford can get healthy and contribute in 2021 according to Mike Florio of Pro Football

“He’s been here since the beginning of February doing everything,” Shanahan told reporters on Wednesday. “Had about three-and-a-half months here. And a week before everyone came back, he went back to Kansas City with his back specialist. He was going to come out here next week, but if he comes, there’s not going to be too many people here left again. But he made a lot of progress in the months that he was rehabbing here. We knew we weren’t going to put him through OTAs because we don’t want his back to act up. So I’m just keeping my fingers crossed and I’m hoping he can come ready to go in training camp and hopefully he can help us out this year.”

A host of injuries have derailed Ford's 49ers career including a serious back issued that limited him to only one game in 2020. He has appeared in only 12 games over two seasons and played only 330 snaps during that span.  Ford did contribute 6.5 sacks (and another in the postseason) in 2019 but there is no doubt the contract has been a disaster for San Fran.  While the team did restructure the 30-year-old's contract to reduce his annual salary in March, he has a fully guaranteed $11.6 million injury guarantee for 2021.  There has been some speculation that he might retire due to the back issue but he would be leaving an awful lot of money on the table.  For now, all Ford can do is continue his rehab and all the 49ers can do is keep thir "fingers crossed" that the veteran can return to some semblance of his previous form.

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