Chiefs will place franchise tag on veteran defender Dee Ford



March 4, 2019 - 10:06 AM

Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Dee Ford celebrates slapping the ball away from Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton and recording a sack on Oct. 21, 2018, at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Mo. John Sleezer/Kansas City Star/TNS

INDIANAPOLIS — Linebacker Dee Ford could receive the Chiefs’ franchise tag this weekend.

A league source told The Star on Saturday afternoon that the official paperwork hasn’t gone through, but ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported earlier in the day that the Chiefs had placed the tag on Ford.

The organization has been vocal in its desire to tag the five-year veteran, with a league source saying Saturday that it’s “extremely likely” the tag is applied before the NFL’s March 5 deadline.

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