This Salary Cap Stat Highlights the Value of the 49ers Trading DeForest Buckner

Jason Schandl
The salary cap implications of the DeForest Buckner trade put the 49ers in a great spot.
The salary cap implications of the DeForest Buckner trade put the 49ers in a great spot. / Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images

This is a key offseason for the San Francisco 49ers as they look to remain in Super Bowl contention heading into the 2020 season.

Their biggest move so far has been shipping off star defensive lineman DeForest Buckner to the Indianapolis Colts in exchange for the No. 13 overall pick in the 2020 NFL Draft. This move has been met with mixed reactions, as landing a player as impactful as Buckner is near the top end of the range of outcomes for a first-round pick.

The real key to the move, though, comes from the much-needed long-term salary cap relief it affords the 49ers.

Those are some pretty serious savings. For context, the difference of about $17 million per year in those deals is more than any 49ers player except Jimmy Garoppolo is set to make in 2020.

Even without Buckner, San Francisco still boasts an elite defensive front as well. Nick Bosa and Arik Armstead are still set to anchor an outstanding defensive line, and if they feel like they need more help up front, there are some interesting options available in the draft as well.

It definitely stings to lose a guy who racked up 74 quarterback hits and 28.5 sacks in his first four years with the team, but it makes sense through a long-term lens. Sustaining success in the NFL is incredibly difficult, and it takes tough moves like this one to remain competitive year-in and year-out.

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