49ers’ Dee Ford and Chiefs’ Frank Clark timelines linked by trades, costly offside penalty

first_imgA for effort, Dee for execution.The Chiefs were oh so close to a Super Bowl 53 appearance, when Kansas City defensive back Charvarius Ward picked off Tom Brady, effectively ending the Patriots’ season. Jan. 28, 2020: Clark admits he knows next to nothing about Ford, except for Ford’s “dumb penalty” last year:”I don’t know nothing about him,” Clark said Tuesday, per ESPN.com. “I couldn’t name a stat. I don’t know the school he went to.”I just know he had lined up offside and anybody who lined up offside at a time like that, I feel like that’s a dumb penalty at the end of the day. I’m sure he feels the same way.” But, as per usual, there was a flag on the play, four words every football fan dreads hearing at this point. Chiefs linebacker Dee Ford was flagged on the play for being offsides, nullifying the interception and setting into motion a chain of events that culminates in Super Bowl 54.MORE: How do Super Bowl squares work?Ford, coming off a career year, was a free agent after the season, but it would have been hard to see him starting the 2019 season in a Chiefs jersey, and that’s exactly how things panned out.Here’s why.Dee Ford trade detailsFord was traded to the 49ers on March 12, 2019, for a second-round pick in the 2020 NFL Draft. Ford agreed to a new deal with the 49ers the next day.Frank Clark trade detailsClark was traded to the Chiefs on April 22 for a 2019 first-round pick, a 2020 second-round pick and a third-round pick swap in 2019. Dee Ford vs. Frank Clark timelines, from offside call to Super Bowl 54Jan. 20, 2019: The 2018 AFC Championship Game. The Chiefs were up 28-24 on the Patriots with 1:01 left on the clock. A Tom Brady pass glanced off the hands of Rob Gronkowski and dropped into the hands of Charvarius Ward. The game was all but clinched. Chiefs win! But not.Flag on the play: Dee Ford was offsides and was penalized — not for jumping across the line or goading an offensive lineman into a false start — but for lining up in the neutral zone. Brady and the Patriots would score a few plays later, taking the lead with time running down in regulation.The Chiefs would tie it up with a field goal, but the Patriots would go on to win in overtime, scoring a touchdown on their opening drive, and eventually win Super Bowl 53.Jan. 22, 2019: The Chiefs fire defensive coordinator Bob Sutton.Jan. 24, 2019: The Chiefs hire defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo. Spagnuolo is known for running a 4-3 defense, and some questions arise as to whether Ford, who has proven himself as an outside linebacker, would be able to transition into a 4-3 a defensive end.Feb. 27, 2019: Ford admits he is remorseful for his penalty in the AFC Championship game. In an interview with Bleacher Report’s Dan Pompei, he explained his feelings.”I couldn’t believe it,” Ford told Pompei. “It was heartbreaking. In games like that, it’s going to come down to five or six critical plays. That was one of those critical plays, and it don’t feel good.”March 2, 2019: The Chiefs slap the franchise tag on Ford. ESPN’s Adam Schefter says the Chiefs will listen to trade offers, with the Eagles and 49ers reportedly interested in acquiring him.March 4, 2019: Seattle places the franchise tag on pending free agent Frank Clark.March 12, 2019: The Chiefs agree to trade Ford to the 49ers for a 2020 second-round pick.March 13, 2019: Ford signs an extension with the 49ers for five years and $87.5 million. The deal includes more than $33 million in guaranteed money.March 21, 2019: Justin Houston, longtime Chiefs linebacker, signs with the Colts, leaving the Chiefs with no real in-house solutions at pass rusher. The Colts were originally interested in trading for Dee Ford, per Adam Schefter.April 19, 2019: Amid silence on the contract extension front, Seahawks GM John Schneider says he doesn’t expect Clark to sit out in 2019. “We love Frank, obviously. That’s why we franchised him,” he said.April 20, 2019: ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports that the Seahawks could look to trade Frank Clark, and it would take at least a first-round pick.April 22, 2019: NFL.com’s Ian Rapoport reports that the Jets, Colts and Chiefs are interested in trading for Clark amid rumors that Seattle and Clark are on opposite ends for a long-term deal.April 23, 2019: Clark is traded to the Chiefs for a 2019 first-round pick, a 2020 second-round pick and a 2019 third-round pick swap. Clark agrees to a massive extension with the Chiefs, signing a new, five-year, $105.5 million deal with $63.5 million guaranteed.Sept. 9, 2019: Ford records his first sack for the 49ers, getting after Jameis Winston in a 33-17 win over Tampa Bay. He would finish the 2019 season with 6 1/2 sacks, though he dealt with a nagging hamstring injury throughout the season.Sept. 22, 2019: Clark records his first sack for the Chiefs, taking down Lamar Jackson in the 33-28 win. It’s the first of his eight sacks this season.Jan. 19, 2020: Ford’s 49ers and Clark’s Chiefs secure wins on Championship Sunday and punch their tickets to Super Bowl 54.Jan. 21, 2020: Dee Ford reiterates that he harbors no ill will toward the Chiefs ahead of the Super Bowl 54 matchup.”It’s just me playing my brothers. At the end of the day, we just have to compete,” Ford said. “But I’ve got so much love for the people in that building. And likewise, they’ve got love for me.”last_img

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