San Francisco 49ers release Dee Ford

Jul 27, 2022, 3:46 PM

Dee Ford and Nick Bosa celebrate after a play....

SANTA CLARA, CALIFORNIA - JANUARY 19: Nick Bosa #97 and Dee Ford #55 of the San Francisco 49ers reacts after a play against the Green Bay Packers during the NFC Championship game at Levi's Stadium on January 19, 2020 in Santa Clara, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

(Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

The San Francisco 49ers have released Dee Ford.

The team announced the move in a press release Wednesday. The move comes on the second official day of the 49ers training camp and is the first notable release by the team.

Ford went down with an injury in week 7 of the 2021 season. He did not return due to back injury complications. Ford missed nearly the entire 2020 season because of injuries.

The 49ers acquired Dee Ford in 2019 in a trade with the Kansas City Chiefs for a second-round draft pick. Ford then signed a 5-year, $85 million contract with the 49ers.

However, since that trade, he’s dealt with a number of injuries that have limited his playing time with the team. During his tenure with the black and gold, Ford has only played in 18 games for the 49ers.

Ford was a first-round pick in the 2014 draft by the Chiefs. Throughout his career, the 31-year-old defensive lineman has registered 40 sacks, 12 forced fumbles and 159 tackles.

“Ford attended Auburn University (2009-13) where he appeared in 52 games (20 starts) and registered 93 tackles, 20.5 sacks, 27.5 tackles for losses, three forced fumbles, two passes defensed and one interception,” the press release reads.

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