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Joseph New coupe of clutch Points wrote an article today highlighting how difficult of a decision it wise for John Lynch to trade DeForest Buckner.
And it was a move that had a lot of people talking around the NFL.
San Francisco 40 Niners General manager John Lynch has remained pretty busy this soft season, while notably trading away veteran pass rusher to Forest Buckner to the Indianapolis Colts.
In return, though, Lynch was able to acquire a first round NFL draft pick in this year's draft.
Now, as Jeffrey see, Arnold of the Organ wrote, this move affected a lot of people.
It didn't just affect 40 Niner fans.
It affected people outside of the organization.
They were shocked.
Buckner's former teammates and friends were shocked by the move.
He wrote a Rh gam stat and Buckner have been good friends since their days with the organ of the Oregon Ducks.
That friendship continued when the San Francisco 40 Niners selected Buckner in the 2016 NFL draft, reuniting the two in the NFL.
Armstead and Buck Mir remained friends, but they're no longer teammates.
An Armstead said he was stunned.
It was a shock, you know, I was confused, and I really didn't expect that super excited and happy for him.
Me and him actually have been working out for a few weeks now, so we've been able to hang out and talk about it, and God works in mysterious ways, and we both believe things happen for a reason.
The Buckner trade occurred one day after Armstead's signed a five year contract that is reportedly worth up to $85 million now.
Buckner was entering the final year of his contract in 2020 and he was in negotiations for an extension.
Buckner did post a strong season in 2018 and 2019 earning Pro Bowl honors.
He played all 16 games for the third consecutive season and recorded 7.
5 sacks and 62 tackles with four fumble recoveries.
In 2019 however, but more in the 40 Niners couldn't reach an agreement and he was traded our instead continued.
It's going to be weird plane not playing alongside each other anymore, like we have for about eight years.
But I know he's going to do amazing things up there with the Colts, Armstead told Radio Station.
Can be are in San Francisco.
I'm super happy for him.
So, like I guess, on the plus side, Lynch was able to secure a pretty valuable draft pick.
But that doesn't mean that it made things any easier for Armstead to cope with.
And it wasn't a decision that Lynch took lightly because, as Nuku says, even though Lynch was able to get a net valuable draft asset in exchange for Buckner, the 40 Niners front office executive has since admitted that trading away such a dominant defensive player wasn't the easiest decision to make.
Probably the toughest thing I've done since I was the general manager here, and that's the trade with the forest, Buckner reach, Lynch said recently.
It's a difficult part of the business, one that I don't think you can really prepare yourself when you move on from a player who embodies everything that you want to be about.
We spend a lot of time talking about what a 40 Niner is to us in the Forest.
Buckner embody that in every way, both on and off the field and quote, Look, the NFL is a business, and I think that players and G m's they try their best not to let their feelings get in the way of making the right decisions.
Lynch's job is to make sure that the San Francisco 40 Niners have the best team and build the best team that he could make.
And sometimes that actually means moving on from character guys and players that have been loyal and super effective.
And I guess, even though the decision probably got it, Lynch James Brady from SB Nation believes that they made the right decision and that trading Buckner made a lot of sense for 40 Niner fans, usedto watching Buckner's brand of quiet destruction.
Losing him is a letdown.
He was an interesting instrumental piece of the 40 Niners all world defense last season, and that was highly productive in the close Super Bowl loss to the Chiefs.
But the trade makes a lot of sense when you look at the big picture.
The 40 Niners were goingto have trouble negotiating a new deal with Buckner right before the trade.
Right before the 40 Niners traded Buckner, they signed fellow defensive lineman Eric Armstead to a six year, 100 in $2 million contract.
Well, it's easy to point out that as that, as the main reason that Buckner is the main reason Buckner is on the move.
There's more to it than that.
But here is the superior player, but are instead will be making $4 million a year less than he does.
Contract talks between Buckner in the 40 Niners began during last season in the 40 Niners, then got a pretty good idea of how much he costs.
Buckner wanted money close to Donald.
The best and highest paid defensive tackle in the league at an average of $22.
5 million per season.
Is getting the new Buckner was going to go beyond their price range when it came time to extend him.
It made sense to make a deal now when Buckner's available and he's at his highest and before he said to hit free agency in the off season.
So look, from a financial standpoint, the move seemed to make a lot of sense you keep Armstead, even though Buckner is the better player.
But you save a chunk of money, you still get all you still get to hold on to an above average player, and you're also securing a first round draft pick in the draft.
Now, general managers, What they have to do is they have the wave value just because a player is better, it doesn't necessarily mean that it equals the same value as a less talented player.
We're now a few weeks removed from the trade, and I don't think I'd be doing my job if I didn't ask the question.
Will the 40 Niners regret signing Armstead and trading away the more popular and more talented to Forest Buckner? Jose Luis Sanchez, the third from Sports Illustrated, says Quote.
Buckner was a popularized player for the 40 Niners and continued to grow every season.
He is every head coach in general manager's dream of a top draft pick.
There is also the rest that by trading such a respected figure in the locker room, it could leave a bad impression on the rest of the players on the team.
However, Kyle Shanahan and John Lynch have always been forthcoming to their team is why their bond was so strong in 2019.
The players on the team know that the 40 Niners brass did not did not do Buckner wrong.
They knew that they could not afford Buckner's price range.
Rather than keep Buckner on his rookie and heard his market, The 40 Niner sent him to a team that was willing to pay him the well deserved contract.
Not many teams are willing to take into consideration the players interest.
Of course, there was stellar value in return on the trade.
Nevertheless, moving Buckner was definitely a tough decision to make.
But the reality is the team cannot sign everyone, no matter how badly they want to.
The benefit of trading Bloc Mare is tthe e added cap space.
Before the trade, the San Francisco 40 Niners were looking at under $13 million in cap space.
They were in the bottom quarter of the league's in terms of court of poor cap situations, something needed to be done so that they could have a chance of retaining some of the other players.
That's something ended in Buckner being traded.
It allowed the 40 Niners not on Lee to re sign Armstead, but bring back safety Jimmie Ward, who was believed to be on the way out even after the Ward sign in the 40 Niner still managed to retain a few more solid rotational players.
Head coach Kyle Shanahan had made it clear that the plan headed into the offseason was to keep most of the team intact.
With the exception of Buckner, the 40 Niners have done just exactly that.
So the trade s o the train of Buckner can never really come back to haunt the 40 Niners.
His body of work was better than Armstead's, and he was strong in the trenches.
However, he still doesn't carry the same value is our.
Instead, doctor cannot play inside and out of the link light of the line like him.
It's what makes Armstead's deal such a bargain because he excels both the interior and on the edge.
Look, I tried really hard to find examples of people who I guess, follow the 40 Niners closer than I do That wouldn't like this trade, and frankly, I couldn't find him.
Um, every article that I read was exactly the same Buckner is the better player, but Armstead brings more value.
The decision was tough, but John Lynch made the right decision and the 40 Niners are in a prime position to compete for a Super Bowl again.
Look, I'm gonna fully admit to you a blockbuster trade like this that has no drama is very irritating when you talk about sports for a living.
But at the same time, it's not always bad to see a team make logical decisions.
It's not bad to see a player get the money that he wants.
In the end, it's not bad for there to be an amicable separation.
NewCo continues, thanks to Lynch's decision to send Buckner to the after mention Colts.
The 40 Niners now.
Oh, not one but two first round picks in 2020.
Despite winning the NFC and reaching the Super Bowl this past season, the 40 Niners are once again in a position to upgrade in a major way.
This year's NFL draft class is absolutely stacked from top to bottom.
Lynch is apparently still looking to make moves regarding those two first round picks, though, as reports continue to swirl on Thursday.
Now, with Thursday now only days away.
Now the 40 Niners have immediate holes that they need to fill, but they also have to think about their future.
If you're gonna make a splash and you're gonna move on from one of your best players, you need to make sure that you capitalize on the move.
You're not just in the short term, but you also want to make sure that there's some long term planning there.
Fox, 40 and The Associated Press pointed out this very thing, looking at both the 40 Niners immediate needs and looking at some future planning that Lynch would have to take into consideration now.
The Buckner trade and departure of Sheldon Day and free agency leave a big hole in the middle of San Francisco's defensive line.
Buckner, ranked fifth amongst all interior rushers with 143 quarterback pressures the past four years, according to the NFL's next Gen stats.
Replacing that in the draft won't be easy, but San Francisco could look hard at South Carolina defensive tackle Javon Kinlaw, who had 39 pressures last year, according to Sports Info Solutions.
The passing game also took a big hit when Emmanuel Sanders left for new for New Orleans of free agency.
Sanders arrival midway through last season provided a big boost for quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo.
His absence will be notable.
San Francisco Still as Depot, Sam's Debo Samuel at one spot but could use another starter with Kendrick.
Born Dante Pattison, Trent Taylor in jail and heard more suited for smaller roles, The draft has plenty of good options, from speedster Henry Rugs to third to playmaker Le Viscous Channel to slot receivers star Justin Jefferson and KJ Handler.
Now there's a couple of things to this they need to plan ahead with.
While the Niners have no glaring immediate holes on their offensive line, they could use more help on the interior, where the Center West and Rich Rug has been hampered by injuries and Tom Compton appear slotted in as the starting right guard.
San Francisco could also look for a long term replacement for left tackle Joe Staley, who will who will be 36 this season.
Ah, players such as Alabama's Jed Rick Willis, who could play guard this season before moving over to tackle, could be an intriguing option Now.
San Francisco can also target some potential openings in the secondary.
In 2021 quarterbacks Richard Sherman, Ko Juan Williams a kilo.
Withers**** and Emmanuel, mostly along with safety Trat, are all entering their final year of their contracts.
Finding a defensive back in the first round, who could contribute this season and take a bigger role in 2021 could be the direction the Niners go within the 1st 2 rounds.
Now there is a lot that the 40 Niners need to consider moving forward.
There's a lot they need to consider going into the draft in, regardless of who they pick in what position that guy plays in.
That person that gets selected by the 40 Niners will always be compared to the fours Buckner because he's associated with that trade, and that actually puts a lot of pressure on to San Francisco.
If Lynch thinks that the decision to trade Buckner was hard, wait until he has to pull the trigger and do something with that 13th overall pick.
One popular theory that's kind of getting thrown around is is, and mainly because San Francisco is short on draft capital is will they consider trading away one or both of their first round picks in order to secure Maur picks in the later rounds.
Chris Chavez of Sports Illustrated is reporting that very thing, saying the 40 Niners are listening to offers for their first for their two first round draft picks.
According to ESPN, Adam Schefter, San Francisco, is currently slated to select at number 13 and 31 slots on Thursday night.
The 40 Niners do not have any picks in the 2nd 3rd or fourth rounds, so they're exploring their options.
According to Schefter, the second round pick was shipped to the chief's last year for D the D four trade and the third and fourth round picks were sent to the Broncos in the Emmanuel Sanders trade.
At the end of the day in the NFL is a very funny business and one move kind of equals to a lot of a difference a con to a lot of different things and the Buckner trade really sets a trickle effect that is gonna leave Lynch in a very interesting situation in a very interesting predicament that he's gonna have to figure out.
And I'm really, really, really looking forward to Thursday to see exactly what the 40 Niners are going to do.
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