The new contract will make Buckner the second-highest paid defensive tackle in the league, only behind Aaron Donald of the Los Angeles Rams.
The Colts have been rumored to be going after a quarterback in the draft, but the trade of the 13th pick puts that idea to rest for now. The team was reported to have had interest in veteran quarterback Phillip Rivers, who has openly decided to move on from the Los Angeles Chargers. And of course, Tom Brady could also be an option, and if none of that works, then there are other quarterbacks available, or they could stick with their man, Jacoby Brissett.
Either way, they have locked in a true force on the defensive side of the ball, as the 25-year-old Buckner will team up with Justin Houston to provide a dominant defense. Houston led the Colts with 11 sacks a season ago, and Pro Bowl linebacker Darius Leonard will back both of them up in the secondary. Leonard led the league in tackles as a rookie in 2018, and for his career has 284 tackles, 12 sacks, and seven interceptions.
Buckner brings a lot to the table himself, as he has missed just one game over four NFL seasons, this after being the seventh overall pick in the 2016 NFL Draft. He has played the third-most snaps among defensive lineman since entering the league, and has recorded 28.5 sacks. The former Bill Walsh Award winner thanked the Niners organization on Instagram, as there was just not enough room with them locking in Arik Armstead and re-signing Jimmie Ward.