Colts Secure DeForest Buckner: Defensive Pillar For Years To Come

The Indianapolis Colts have secured defensive tackle DeForest Buckner with a contract extension, solidifying his presence on the team for the foreseeable future. The extension, announced by the Colts on Monday, is valued at $46 million over the next two years, ensuring his tenure with the team through the 2026 season.

Colts general manager Chris Ballard expressed his admiration for Buckner’s contributions to the team, emphasizing his impact both on and off the field. Buckner’s performance as one of the league’s premier defensive tackles has been instrumental in bolstering the Colts’ defensive line, making him a vital component of the team’s success.

Since joining the Colts in 2020 via a trade with the San Francisco 49ers, Buckner has established himself as a dominant force on defense. His impressive statistics, including 166 solo tackles, 32.5 sacks, 42 tackles for loss, 87 quarterback hits, and six forced fumbles, underscore his impact and value to the team.

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Colts Extend DeForest Buckner’s Contract, Solidifying Defensive Core

Ballard praised Buckner not only for his on-field performance but also for his leadership qualities and positive influence within the Colts’ locker room. The extension reflects the Colts’ commitment to retaining top-tier talent and building a competitive roster capable of sustained success in the NFL.

DeForest Buckner’s impact on the Indianapolis Colts has been significant since his arrival, garnering recognition as an All-Pro in his first season with the team and earning Pro Bowl nods in multiple years. His contributions on the field have been matched by his lucrative contracts, indicative of his standing as one of the premier defensive tackles in the league.

Colts Secure DeForest Buckner (Credits: Getty Images)

Upon joining the Colts, Buckner signed a substantial four-year, $84 million contract extension, solidifying his position as one of the highest-paid players at his position. With his recent contract extension, which is valued at $46 million over two years, Buckner remains among the top earners among defensive tackles in the NFL.

The offseason has seen a trend of substantial contracts for defensive tackles, with notable players such as Chris Jones, Christian Wilkins, Justin Madubuike, Derrick Brown, and Leonard Williams securing lucrative deals. Buckner’s annual earnings of $23 million place him in the upper echelon of defensive tackle salaries, reaffirming his status as a valued asset in the league.