Fred Warner broke some news on KNBR Friday morning, and it didn’t have anything to do with the lucrative five-year contract he signed on Thursday.
Warner said that teammate Dee Ford, who played just one game last season and just 11 in 2019 due to a back issue, is looking ready to go for 2021. This comes as a shock considering multiple reports that Ford’s neck and back problems were so bad, he was contemplating retirement.
“Dee, he’s great,” Warner said. “He looks great, he’s back. I’ve seen him plenty and he’s been working his tail off. I know the type of player that he is and the fact that he’s back healthy is going to give us a huge advantage. So I’m really excited to see him back. I know his mind is right, his mentality is exactly what we need for the defense.”
Ford, 30, is an All-Pro talent when healthy, but has missed a total of 30 games over the past four seasons. He was a Pro Bowler in 2018, when he played in all 16 games for the Chiefs. He had 13 sacks and led the league with seven forced fumbles that season.
Listen to the full interview below.