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Inside the DeForest Buckner deal

Mike Florio and Chris Simms break down what Florio thinks is the most stunning trade of the day—the 49ers agreeing to trade DeForest Buckner to the Colts.

With the 49ers committing to defensive lineman Arik Armstead a year after paying pass rusher Dee Ford and with a Nick Bosa mega-deal looming, DeForest Buckner was poised to be the odd man out. And then came a trade that will make him one of the highest-paid interior defensive linemen in the NFL.

After talks between Buckner and the 49ers went nowhere, the team gave Buckner permission to seek a trade, with the price tag being a first-round pick. The Colts were willing to give up the 13th overall selection -- and the Colts were in turn willing to pay Buckner.

Per a source with knowledge of the situation, here’s the breakdown of Buckner’s new deal.

1. 2020 roster bonus: $11 million, fully guaranteed and due three days after signing.

2. 2020 base salary: $12.378 million, fully guaranteed.

3. 2021 roster bonus: $16 million, guaranteed for skill and injury at signing and for cap in five days.

4. 2021 base salary: $1 million, guaranteed for injury.

5. 2022 roster bonus: $5 million, fully guaranteed on fifth day of 2021 league year.

6. 2022 base salary: $11 million, guaranteed for injury.

6. 2023 roster bonus: $1 million, due on the fifth day of the 2023 league year.

7. 2023 base salary: $18.75 million.

8. 2024 base salary: $20.25 million.

The deal includes $56.378 guaranteed for injury, with $39.378 million fully guaranteed. The new-money average on the four-year, $84 million extension is $21 million.

Adding in the $12.378 million that Buckner was due to earn in 2020, the five-year contract has a $19.2 million average at signing.

The new-money average trails Aaron Donald’s by $1.5 million per year, but Donald signed a six-year extension. Buckner’s extension covers only four seasons. And the Colts had to surrender a first-round pick to get Buckner; without that draft-pick compensation, the Colts presumably would have paid Buckner even more.