49ers reportedly trade Buckner to Colts, sign Armstead to 5-yr. deal


The 49ers are reportedly sending DeForest Buckner out of town and locking up Arik Armstead.

Shortly after the initial report from NFL Network/NFL.com's Ian Rapoport that Armstead and the 49ers had agreed to a five-year deal, worth up to $85 million, this happened:

The #Colts are giving DL DeForest Bucker a huge extension worth $21M, source said. And Indy continues to invest in defense. https://t.co/xeM7lv1AmU

— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) March 16, 2020

Buckner took to Instagram to post his goodbye to the Niners, with an extensive caption.

A post shared by DeForest Buckner (@dbuck_99) on Mar 16, 2020 at 2:39pm PDT

The club confirmed the Armstead news in a Monday press release.

“We are very pleased to have come together with Arik and his representatives to complete this contract extension prior to free agency,” general manager John Lynch. “Arik’s physical tools and versatility have allowed him to be highly productive in our style of defense, and we look forward to watching him take his game to an even higher level as he grows within our scheme. Arik has been an impact player on the field and a difference-maker in our community, and we are excited for what the future holds for him.”

Per ESPN, in 2019 Armstead compiled 62 pressures, 14 tackles for loss, 54 tackles, two forced fumbles and led the 49ers with 10 sacks.