DeForest Buckner agrees to $46 million contract extension with Colts, per report

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Defensive tackle DeForest Buckner is sticking around in Indianapolis. The three-time Pro Bowler and the Colts agreed to a two-year, $46 million contract extension, keeping him with the team through the 2026, according to ESPN

In 2020, the Colts traded the No. 13 overall pick with the San Francisco 49ers in order to get Buckner and has made his mark on Indy’s defense since. With the Colts, he had 166 solo tackles, 32.5 sacks, 42 tackles for loss, 87 quarterback hits and six forced fumbles.

He was named All-Pro in his first season with the Colts, his first honor of the kind. He reached two Pro Bowls while on the team, coming in 2021 and 2023. Buckner also was named a Pro Bowler in 2019 while on the Niners. 

Not long after joining the Colts he signed a four-year, $84 million contract extension, which made him the second-highest paid defensive tackle at the time and this new contract once again makes him one of the highest paid at the position.

This offseason, defensive tackles are getting paid. Contracts in the position so far include Kansas City ChiefsChris Jones at $31.75 million per year, Las Vegas RaidersChristian Wilkins at $27.5M per year, Baltimore RavensJustin Madubuike making $24.5 million a year and Carolina PanthersDerrick Brown coming in at $24 million per year. Buckner will be taking home $23 million a year and Seattle SeahawksLeonard Williams is at $21.5 million per year.

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