The Chiefs will place the franchise tag on linebacker Dee Ford and plan to have him for the 2019 season, but according to ESPN's Adam Schefter, the team will listen to trade offers as they transition to a 4-3 defense.
Ford, who turns 28 this month, was tied for eighth in the NFL last season with 13 sacks, a career-high. Kansas City maintains flexibility regarding what to do with Ford by tagging him, rather than letting him walk into free agency for nothing.
The Jets are keeping a 3-4 defense under new defensive coordinator Gregg Williams and will at least have to consider trading for Ford as they desperately need to add a pass rusher.
However, given the large amount of cap space the Jets have, it'd seem more likely that they'd look for an edge rusher in free agency instead of parting with one or more assets in a trade.
Gang Green is reportedly interested in Ezekiel Ansah, Dante Fowler and Preston Smith. There are other big names who are out of contract but are likely to get the franchise tag like Dallas' DeMarcus Lawrence, Seattle's Frank Clark and Houston's Jadeveon Clowney. There are also a number of intriguing options in the draft.