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49ers sign ex-Punahou and Oregon star Buckner to $18M deal


    Punahou and Oregon defensive end DeForest Buckner was selected seventh pick with by the San Francisco 49ers in the first round of the NFL draft. Buckner is pictured getting the call at his draft party held in Kapolei. His mother, Maria, watches from the back.

University of Oregon and Punahou School graduate DeForest Buckner, who was drafted seventh overall by the San Francisco 49ers in last week’s NFL Draft, has signed his four-year contract that includes an $11 million signing bonus, according to multiple sources.

The NFL Network first reported the deal, which is worth $18.19 million with a signing bonus of $11,429,812.

NFL rookies are paid by a wage scale as agreed upon by the 2011 collective bargaining agreement. According to, Buckner’s salary breakdown will be $3.31 million for 2016, $4.13 million for 2017, $4.96 million for 2018 and $5.79 million for 2019.

Buckner joins a 49ers team that is coached by former Oregon coach Chip Kelly and includes assistant Jerry Azzinaro, his former defensive line coach at Oregon, and defensive end Arik Armstead, Buckner’s teammate at Oregon whom the 49ers drafted No. 17 (17th overall) last year.

The 6-foot-7, 291-pound Buckner is expected to play defensive end in the 49ers’ 3-4 scheme.

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