The 49ers official bid farewell to defensive tackle DeForest Buckner on Wednesday, as the trade that sends him to the Indianapolis Colts, became official.
Buckner passed a physical to finalize the trade in which the 49ers receive the Colts’ first-round selection, No. 13 overall.
"On behalf of the 49ers organization, I want to extend our most sincere appreciation to DeForest for his many contributions to the team and our community," 49ers general manager John Lynch said in a statement.
"It has truly been a privilege to work with DeFo these last three years and he deserves a great deal of credit for helping us to build the foundation of this team and reestablish a championship culture. He and his wife, Ashlyn, are special people and we wish them the very best in their next chapter of life."
DeFo has a new home! pic.twitter.com/6jDOfNLl3e— Indianapolis Colts (@Colts) March 18, 2020
Buckner, who was voted as the winner of the Bill Walsh Award as the team MVP, was long viewed as a cornerstone of the organization. But the 49ers determined they could not afford to retain both Buckner and Arik Armstead for the long term.
The 49ers worked out a contract with Armstead this week that pays him $17 million over five seasons. The Colts signed Buckner to a deal that averages $21 million over the life of his five-year deal.
Buckner, who turned 26 on Tuesday, has registered 28.5 sacks in four seasons, including a career-best 12.5 in 2018.