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Chiefs Exercise Fifth-Year Option on OLB Dee Ford

The Chiefs have exercised outside linebacker Dee Ford’s fifth-year option, general manager John Dorsey revealed Monday, leaving him under contract through the 2018 season, Terez Paylor of the Kansas City Star reports.

“That was a no-brainer decision,” Dorsey explained in his annual post-draft teleconference with reporters. “We had known all along we were going to exercise the option … I just wanted to prudently think about it, just wanted to take this morning to assess the situation and how it turned out in the draft.

“I think Dee has a fine future in this organization.”

The new collective bargaining agreement allows teams to add another year to the contracts of first-round draft picks. The period to exercise those options began on Jan. 2.

The Chiefs had until May 3 to exercise the option on Ford, who was taken 23rd overall in 2014. It will cost the Chiefs approximately $8.7 million in 2018, according to salary cap expert Joel Corry.

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