The San Francisco 49ers have released Dee Ford after three injury-plagued seasons.

Since Wednesday's move comes after June 1, San Francisco will spread out the bulk of the more than $11.5 million left on his deal over the next two years. The move saves $1.12 million against the 2022 salary cap.

The 49ers originally acquired Ford in a 2019 trade with the Kansas City Chiefs in exchange for a second-round draft pick. They promptly signed Ford to a five-year, $85 million deal.