One of the benefits that the San Francisco 49ers have with the CBA continually being pushed back is that it gives the team more time to work out long term deals before the league’s new year. According to this report from CBS, the 49ers are motivated to sign DeForest Buckner to a long-term deal. That’s not news, as you’re not going to let one of the top interior linemen in football hit the open market. What’s news is that the report said the 49ers are “pushing to try to make an extension a reality.” That reads as the 49ers are trying to get a done sooner than later. Buckner made the Pro Bowl in 2018 after a breakout year. He took his game to another level in 2019, and he earned All-Pro recognition because of it.
A little over a year ago, the 49ers exercised Buckner’s fifth-year option. So he’ll have a base salary of $14.3 million in 2020—for now. I’d be interested to see what type of deal the team works out for Buckner, who is unquestionably one of the better players at his position. Looking at the other highest-paid defensive tackles in the NFL, Buckner would likely make right around the same under an extension. The three highest-paid defensive tackles—Fletcher Cox, Grady Jarrett, and Genno Atkins—all make between $16.3-$17.1 million. After that, the next two defensive tackles make just over $12 million, and only other player makes double-digit millions annually. As a rising star, Buckner will likely make closer to that $16 million number than $12 million.
Onto some links:
2020 NFL free agency: 3 safeties 49ers can target (Niners Noise)
San Francisco 49ers: Why Dante Pettis bounces back in 2020 (Niners Noise)