49ers Have Opened Extension Talks With DeForest Buckner, Still ‘Far Apart’

Ian Rapoport of NFL Media reports that the 49ers and DL DeForest Buckner have had contract negotiations regarding a long-term deal. However, the two sides are still “far apart” and there is “no deal in sight.”

Rapoport mentions that Buckner’s agent, Chafie Fields, spoke with the 49ers over the last few days and Buckner is considered a “priority” for the team.

The 49ers picked up Buckner’s fifth-year option a few weeks ago for the 2020 season. 

It’s worth mentioning the fifth-year option is guaranteed for injury only and won’t prevent them from working on an extension in the next year or so. 

Buckner, 25, is a former first-round pick of the 49ers back in 2016. He’s entering the final year of his four-year, $18.19 million contract and is set to make a base salary of $2.93 million for the 2019 season.

In 2018, Buckner has appeared in all 16 games for the 49ers and recorded 67 tackles, 12 sacks, a fumble recovery and three pass defenses.

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