Football

Busy start in free agency for 49ers — The San Francisco 49ers opened the new league year Wednesday by acquiring the defensive playmaker the team was sorely lacking in edge rusher Dee Ford. The 49ers are sending a 2020 second-round pick to Kansas City for Ford and are giving him a five-year, $87.5 million contract, according to his agent. San Francisco also agreed to a two-year deal with running back Tevin Coleman to add depth in the backfield, according to a person familiar with the deal who spoke on condition of anonymity because the deal hadn’t been announced. ESPN reported that deal would be worth $10 million.

Ravens reportedly agree to sign Earl Thomas — The Ravens made their first defensive splash ahead of the official start of free agency, agreeing to a four-year, $55 million deal with former Seattle Seahawks safety Earl Thomas, according to multiple media reports. The deal cannot become official until 1 p.m. on Wednesday, but Thomas was already saying his goodbyes. A three-time All-Pro and six-time Pro Bowl selection, Thomas comes to the Ravens after the defense lost safety Eric Weddle and linebackers Terrell Suggs, C.J. Mosley and Za’Darius Smith so far this offseason. Thomas, 29, is coming off a season when he was limited to four games and did not play after Sept. 30 because of a broken leg.

— From wire reports

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