Most of the trades announced since the new league year began involved players who took physicals before the NFL instituted COVID-19 procedures. The first trade done after the NFL shut down team facilities has become official.
“DeForest is a premier defensive tackle in this league and we’re thrilled to add him to our roster,” Colts G.M. 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.”
The Colts also announced that Buckner has signed a contract extension. It’s a four-year, $84 million deal, with $39.378 million fully guaranteed at signing.
“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 G.M. John Lynch said in a statement. “It has truly been a privilege to work with De-Fo 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.”
The next chapter officially begins, with a change of cities and conferences that has become official, thanks to the ability of the Colts to get a physical performed quickly, within the NFL’s COVID-19 guidelines.
As a source with knowledge of the situation said, the physical was accomplished because “[we] worked our ass off and got help from SF.”
However it happened, it happened. The deal is done, and Buckner is a Colt.
Colts, 49ers announce DeForest Buckner trade, new contract originally appeared on Pro Football Talk