Gotta be honest...really torn on this one.
Love Buckner. Was totally blindsided by this so I won't pretend I wasn't like "WTF!?!".
It makes some sense though. It is of course a big risk, but they couldn't pay him 21 mil per year without a ton of problems with other players.
I was surprised when they resigned Armstead, but now makes a lot more sense. Armsteads deal is heavily back loaded so he only counts lie 5.4 mil against the cap this year and Defos number on the 5th year option was going to be 12-14 so in effect they got salary cap space, the 13th pick, and Armstead, but losing Defo hurts. No doubt about it.
If they knew resigning him was going to be a big problem, trading him NOW is the smart move...while they can get something. It's like the opposite of what the Patriots did with Garoppolo.
They also have alot of depth at the position with Armstead coming back, DJ Jones who looked really good before getting hurt, and Jullian Taylor also playing well before injury. None of those guys are/will be Buckner, but I get it. It was a position of strength.
I'll be curious what this means going forward as they now now have a little cap space and they haven't cut/traded McKinnon/Goodwin/Coleman yet AND they got extra space with the CBA.
Should be interesting, but a gut punch no doubt.
Very curious what they do now at 13 though. Makes the draft a bit more exciting.