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

Armstead's contract could be worth up to $85 million

Kirsten Moran
March 16, 2020 - 10:40 am

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

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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:

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

I want to thank the 49ers Organization for taking a chance on me 4 years ago. You’ve given me the opportunity to live my dream and start my own legacy. It’s been one hell of a journey, from 2-14 my rookie year to the Super Bowl this past season. Looking back on everything, I can proudly say that every time I stepped on the field I gave it everything I had. Win or Lose I was always proud to wear the Red and Gold. I’ve built so many lifelong relationships with coaches, teammates, staff members, and fans in the Bay Area. I just want to thank you all for helping me grow as a man, friend, and teammate. The Faithful will always have a special place in my heart. Colts Nation, I can’t wait to get this thing rollin! I’m bringing everything I got to Indy!!

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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.

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