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Indianapolis Colts Defensive Tackle DeForest Buckner signs a two-year, $46 million contract extension

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Colts DT DeForest Buckner agrees to two-year, $46 million extension

The Indianapolis Colts have secured defensive tackle DeForest Buckner with a lucrative two-year, $46 million contract extension, ensuring his presence on the team through the 2026 season. This agreement cements Buckner as one of the highest-paid defensive tackles in the league, with an annual salary of $23 million.

Buckner, who was in the final year of a previous four-year, $84 million deal, has proven to be a cornerstone player for the Colts since his arrival from the San Francisco 49ers in 2020. The 30-year-old has demonstrated his value on the field, recording 32.5 sacks over four seasons with the team and earning a Pro Bowl selection last year with impressive stats.

The Colts’ decision to extend Buckner highlights their commitment to investing in key players as they aim to secure the AFC South title in 2024. Building on their offseason signings, including re-signing players like Michael Pittman Jr., Grover Stewart, Zaire Franklin, and Kenny Moore II to multi-year deals, the Colts are focused on strengthening their roster for the upcoming season.

Under coach Shane Steichen, the Colts posted a 9-8 record last season, narrowly missing out on a playoff spot. With quarterback Anthony Richardson expected to return from injury and the addition of veteran Joe Flacco as his backup, the team is gearing up for a promising 2024 campaign.

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