DeForest Buckner signs rookie deal with San Francisco 49ers


First round pick DeForest Buckner signs his rookie deal with the San Francisco 49ers.

The contracts are getting signed at a rapid pace and the San Francisco 49ers are one of the teams working quickly to lock up their new collection of players.

Eight days after Chip Kelly and the 49ers drafted former Oregon defensive end DeForest Buckner, the team and last year’s Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year have agreed to terms on his rookie deal.

Buckner was taken with the No. 7 pick.

The 49ers hope Buckner will be able to form an impressive set of bookends on the defensive line with his former college teammate Arik Armstead as Kelly has a pair of former Ducks he hopes can turn the 49ers around.

Kelly didn’t handle personnel well during his three-year tenure with the Philadelphia Eagles and that ultimately led to his undoing after two 10-win seasons in Philly to begin his career, but with Buckner and Armstead, the 49ers could be on the way back.

While most of the conversation revolves around the team’s uncertain quarterback situation with Colin Kaepernick in a state of limbo as he waits to learn if he’ll be traded, cut, win the starting job or serve as the back up to Blaine Gabbert.

As talented as the 6-7, 291-pound Buckner is, he won’t be able to help the team win games unless the offense gets some dramatic improvements from the quarterback position.

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