49ers keep Armstead, reportedly
trade Buckner to Colts
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[March 17, 2020]
The San Francisco 49ers decided
on the future of their defensive line, making a pair of huge moves
Monday involving two of the key pieces to their Super Bowl run last
First, the team signed defensive end Arik Armstead to a five-year
contract, the 49ers confirmed on Twitter. While the club did not
disclose the finances involved, NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reported
that Armstead will earn $48.5 million in guaranteed money on an $85
Hours after Armstead's agreement was reported, news broke of the
team reportedly sending defensive tackle DeForest Buckner to the
Indianapolis Colts in exchange for a first-round pick (No. 13
overall) in the 2020 NFL Draft.
According to the same reports, the Colts immediately agreed with
Buckner to an extension that will average $21 million per season,
making him the second-highest paid defensive tackle in annual
average salary behind the Rams' Aaron Donald and third-highest among
all defensive players, also behind Chicago Bears linebacker Khalil
Buckner was set to become a free agent after the upcoming season.
The 49ers were considering placing the franchise tag (worth
approximately $17.8 million) on Armstead but instead were able to
work out the deal. Armstead had 54 tackles, 10 sacks, two forced
fumbles and one fumble recovery in 16 regular-season games. He had
two more sacks in the postseason.
"I'm excited to continue my career with the 49ers, the organization
that gave me a chance by drafting me five years ago," Armstead said
in a statement released by the team. "I want to thank the York
family (and team coaches and executives) for acknowledging what I've
done, both on and off the field, for this team since 2015. They have
given me the platform to give back to my community and play the game
I love at the highest level, and I am just getting started."
Armstead, 26, has spent all five of his NFL seasons with the 49ers.
He has 152 tackles and 19 sacks in 62 games (43 starts). Armstead
was a first-round draft choice (17th overall) in 2015.
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San Francisco 49ers defensive end Arik Armstead (91) in the first
quarter against the Denver Broncos at Broncos Stadium at Mile High.
Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports
The 49ers took Buckner -- who, like Armstead, played at Oregon --
with the No. 7 overall pick a year later. Buckner, who turns 26 on
Tuesday, had 62 tackles, nine tackles for loss, 7.5 sacks, two
forced fumbles and four fumble recoveries last season, returning one
of those recoveries for his first career touchdown.
His best season was in 2018, when he had 67 tackles, 17 tackles for
loss and 12 sacks -- all career-high marks -- and made his only Pro
San Francisco announced another move later Monday, signing offensive
tackle Shon Coleman to a one-year extension. Coleman, 28, was
acquired in an August 2018 trade with the Cleveland Browns, and he
has yet to appear in a game for the 49ers. He was inactive
throughout the 2018 season, and he missed the entire 2019 season
after breaking his right leg in a preseason game.
The 49ers were 13-3 last season, earning the No. 1 seed in the NFC
playoffs and advancing to the Super Bowl, where they lost 31-20 to
the Kansas City Chiefs.
--Field Level Media
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