Rapoport noted "things have escalated" to the point where a trade could be agreed upon by the end of Tuesday evening. However, Ford would have to strike a new contract with the 49ers, as the Chiefs gave him their franchise tag for the 2019 season.
Ford amassed a career-high 13.0 sacks and 55 tackles last season.
Albert Breer of The MMQB reported the 49ers have agreed to send the Chiefs a 2020 second-round pick for Ford, and Josina Anderson of ESPN relayed the potential contract numbers:
San Francisco currently has the NFL's fourth-most cap space ($55.1 million), per Over the Cap.
The 49ers tied for 17th in adjusted sack rate last season, according to Football Outsiders, so they could use a top pass-rusher to shore up a defense that finished fifth-worst in points allowed last season.
Ford fits that bill.
Rob Lowder of Niners Nation posted some of Ford's most notable accomplishments:
According to Pete Sweeney of Arrowhead Pride, Pro Football Focus also credited Ford with the most pressures of any edge-rusher last season.
As a result, he won't come cheap.
Regardless, the 49ers have enough cap space to afford Ford, who could help fuel a defensive turnaround.