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  • 01 Aug
    Dee Ford insists he isn't motivated by
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    , and considering he's making nearly $9 million this
    season, the Chiefs linebacker is probably telling the truth when he claims he
    has everything he needs.Well, he'd better start building a list wants.After four
    years spent scratching at his potential, only to have injuries get in the way,
    the former first-round draft pick is having a breakout season in a contract
    year.Ford has three more sacks and forced two fumbles in Sunday's win over the
    Broncos, giving him eight sacks for the season — second most in the NFL behind
    Rams defensive tackle Aaron Donald.Ford also is tied for the lead in forced
    fumbles with the Broncos' Von Miller, J.J. Watt of the Texans and Khalil Mack of
    the Bears, leaving the Chiefs linebacker in fairly heady company."I put a lot of
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    ," Ford said. "Money is not the motivator. The game is the
    motivator, and the privilege to be able to play at a high level."That's because
    Ford hasn't been able to do that much of his career.He spent the first two
    seasons fine-tuning his craft as a backup to Justin Houston and Tamba Hali, two
    established veterans. Then when he finally got his chance to shine, Ford racked
    up 10 sacks in nine games before a hamstring injury derailed his 2016 season.He
    was off to another good start last year before a herniated disk in his back
    required season-ending surgery after just four games, and raised questions about
    his future in Kansas City.Could he stay healthy? Had he developed enough to
    warrant a long-term deal?The Chiefs wanted an answer to the first question
    before dealing with the second, so they used their fifth-year option on his
    rookie contract.At the time it seemed like a curious decision, given how
    productive he had been, but so far the big check Ford is earning seems like a
    bargain."It's great to see because he's worked so hard to be back where he can
    play and be strong enough to endure a season," Chiefs coach Andy Reid
    said."You're pulling for him. Those are the guys you pull for. I'm glad he's
    having success. Like everyone in the
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    we're glad he's doing his thing. For the kid, the hours he has spent in the
    training room getting himself back, I'm happy as can be for him."Ford had a sack
    in Week 1 against the Chargers. He had sacks against the 49ers, Broncos and
    Jaguars, too. In fact, he's had at least one sack in six of the first eight
    games this season with the highlight his three-sack performance against the
    Broncos' Case Keenum last weekend."He's different. He has that advantage to him.
    Guys off the jump are scared of him," fellow Chiefs linebacker Tanoh Kpassagnon
    said. "They are always jumping back, trying to run with him. Guys assume I'm
    slow so sometimes I can get them. Dee is just different."Even more important has
    been the fact that he's stayed on the field.Ford left the game against San
    Francisco with a groin injury, and an MRI taken the next day revealed a minor
    strain. But while anxious Kansas City fans spent the week wondering whether Ford
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    , he was back on the field the next week in
    Denver.Now, whether it's motivation or not, Ford is lining himself up for a
    hefty payday.Mack set the pass-rush market last offseason when the Bears gave
    him a $141 million contract that included $60 million guaranteed. Miller and
    Houston also signed contracts potentially worth nine figures, though their
    guarantees are far less.Or, the Chiefs could franchise Ford and pay him roughly
    $17 million for next season rather than fork over that kind of long-term
    money.Regardless, it figures to be an expensive check should Kansas City decide
    to write one.Notes: Strong safety Eric Berry (heel), center Mitch Morse
    (concussion) and LBs Anthony Hitchens (ribs) and Frank Zombo (hamstring) did not
    practice Wednesday. ... LB Justin Houston (hamstring) and WR Tyreek Hill (groin)
    returned to practice, though Reid said both were being cautious. ... Free safety
    Daniel Sorensen (broken leg) is making progress after coming off injured reserve
    but is still not ready for game action. "He came out of last week good," Reid
    said Michael
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    , "so we'll give him a little bit more." This could spell
    some trouble for the Rams’ electric offense moving forward"As we approach the
    kickoff of the free agency period, the rumors continue to swirl. This time
    around, a report has surfaced that the Los Angeles Rams are unlikely to re-sign
    LG Rodger Saffold and he’s likely to hit the free agent market with plenty of
    suitors:This would be a bad situation for the Rams. They’re obviously currently
    limited in cap space with only $25m available and have multiple starters slated
    to hit the market in two weeks. Losing Saffold — who’s been a career Ram and is
    now 30-years old — would prove to be a major issue along the offensive line
    because of the age of LT Andrew Whitworth (one year left on contract) and the
    uncertainty/age surrounding C John Sullivan (also one year left on contract).If
    the Rams do lose Saffold in free agency, they’ll be entitled to a compensatory
    draft pick which will be determined by his price tag, games played, and
    accolades collected during the season.Let the rumors swirl.