Report: Colts giving DeForest Buckner monstrous extension worth $21 million per year
According to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network, the Colts are handing Buckner a new deal that will pay him $21 million annually.
The 49ers’ trade of Buckner comes after they locked up fellow defensive lineman Arik Armstead to an $85 million contract earlier on Monday. Because San Francisco could not afford to keep both, it unloaded Buckner, extracting a first-round draft pick from Indianapolis in return.
Buckner now joins an improving Colts defense that has gradually been adding pieces over the years, such as signing linebacker Justin Houston last offseason.
Buckner is coming off of a 2019 campaign in which he played every game and registered 67 tackles, 7.5 sacks, a couple of forced fumbles, four fumble recoveries and a defensive touchdown.
The 25-year-old, who played his collegiate football at the University of Oregon, was originally selected by San Francisco with the seventh overall pick of the 2016 NFL Draft.
He appeared in 15 contests during his rookie year and was impressive, rattling off 73 tackles, six sacks and a pair of fumble recoveries. Buckner then tallied 61 tackles, three sacks and a forced fumble in 2017 before having a breakout season in 2018, when he racked up 67 tackles, 12 sacks and a fumble recovery en route to a Pro Bowl appearance.
The Wainanae, Hi. native has not missed a game since his rookie campaign.
Indianapolis got off to a 5-2 start in 2019, but faded down the stretch and finished 7-9.