DeForest Buckner calls trade to Colts a ‘head-scratcher’ originally appeared on NBC Sports Northwest
Former Oregon Duck DeForest Buckner has been one of the top defensive ends in the NFL since the San Francisco 49ers selected him in the 2016 NFL Draft.
But playing well doesn’t always mean the team will re-sign you after your rookie contract runs up.
Before the 2020 season started, the 49ers decided to trade Bucker out of their division to the Indianapolis Colts for the No.14 pick in that years draft.
They used that pick to draft Javon Kinlaw out of South Carolina.
Business is business, and stuff like this happens all the time in the NFL.
For Buckner, the trade is something that still doesn’t make sense to him even after a full season with the Colts.
“I was hoping the 49ers would at least meet me in the middle,” Buckner told The Athletic in November. “I definitely didn’t expect them to trade me. I poured my heart and soul into that organization … to go from 2-14 my first year to build a culture and get to a Super Bowl?
You just don’t expect to be traded.
The Colts did benefit greatly from Buckner’s presence in his first season with the organization. He registered 9.5 sacks, 10 tackles for loss, 26 quarterback hits and one safety and helped the organization finish the season with an 11-5 record.
He was also awarded the team’s MVP.
This coming season, Buckner has a chance to prove the 49ers wrong when they face off against each other on Oct. 24.
49er fans might not think it, but this might be a revenge game for Buckner.
Will see how it all plays out when these two teams face each other.