49ers’ Buckner officially traded to the Indianapolis Colts

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

Published on Thursday, March 19, 2020 at 11:08 am EST

The Indianapolis Colts now have in their possession one of the best young defensive tackles in the NFL. It took them a first-round Draft pick for make the deal work.

The Colts traded their 13th overall pick in the 2020 NFL Draft to make the deal work. In exchange, San Francisco 49ers said goodbye to DeForest Buckner to make the deal.

Former San Francisco 49ers defensive lineman DeForest Buckener celebrates after a play with former teammate Arik Armstead against the Minnesota Vikings during the first half in their NFL Divisional playoff game
DeForest Buckener celebrates after a play with former teammate Arik Armstead against the Minnesota Vikings during the first half in their NFL Divisional playoff game (Photo by the Associated Press/Tony Avelar)

“On behalf of the 49ers organization, I want to extend our most sincere appreciation to DeForest for his many contributions to the team and our community,” 49ers General Manager John Lynch said. “It has truly been a privilege to work with DeFo these last three years and he deserves a great deal of credit for helping us to build the foundation of this team and reestablish a championship culture. He and his wife, Ashlyn, are special people and we wish them the very best in their next chapter of life.”

Following the trade, Buckner has agreed to a four-year, $84 million deal with the Colts. He will receive a $39.378 signing bonus.

Now, he is averaging $21 million per season. Only Los Angeles Rams star defensive tackle Aaron Donald is making more per season in terms of average pay.

“DeForest is a premier defensive tackle in this league and we’re thrilled to add him to our roster,” Colts General Manager Chris Ballard said. “Adding a player of his caliber demonstrates the importance and commitment of building a strong defensive front. He will bring a veteran presence to our locker room and will lead with his work ethic. DeForest’s consistency as a pro on and off the field will make us a better team.”

Buckner was the seventh overall pick in the 2016 NFL Draft by the 49ers. He spent the last four seasons in San Francisco. 

He appeared in 63 games, including 63 starts. He has 263 tackles, including 38 tackles for a loss and 74 quarterback hits. 

He has also has 28.5 sacks, three forced fumbles, seven fumble recoveries, including one returned for a touchdown; and 11 pass deflections. 

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