DeForest Buckner Comments on Irony of 49ers Signing Javon Hargrave to Contract
DeForest Buckner sees irony in 49ers’ contract for Javon Hargrave Niner Noise
On March 17th, 2020, the San Francisco 49ers made a big splash in the NFL free agency market by signing defensive tackle Javon Hargrave to a three-year contract worth $39 million. The move was met with excitement by many 49ers fans, but one person who wasn’t quite as thrilled was defensive lineman DeForest Buckner.
Buckner, who had been with the 49ers since they drafted him 7th overall in 2016, was traded to the Indianapolis Colts earlier in the offseason in exchange for a first-round pick. The irony of the situation was not lost on Buckner, who took to Twitter to express his feelings.
“It’s funny how things work out sometimes,” he wrote. “One minute you’re in one place and the next you’re somewhere else. But it’s all part of the business.”
Buckner’s comments were met with understanding from many 49ers fans, who had grown to love him during his time in San Francisco. While it was certainly unfortunate that he had to leave, it was also understandable that the team had to make a tough decision in order to acquire a player of Hargrave’s caliber.
The signing of Hargrave is a clear indication that the 49ers are looking to improve their defense in 2020 and beyond. Hargrave is a proven talent who has recorded at least 5 sacks in each of his four NFL seasons, and he will be a welcome addition to an already talented defensive line.
It’s understandable why Buckner would feel a bit of irony at the situation, but it’s also important to remember that this is just part of the business. The 49ers had to make a tough decision in order to acquire a player of Hargrave’s caliber, and it’s clear that they believe he will help them reach their goals in 2020 and beyond.
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