All offseason, there have been reports about DeForest Buckner possibly leaving the Indianapolis Colts. Buckner is finally speaking on those rumors.
Since the 2022 NFL season ended, there has been a lot of conversation about the Indianapolis Colts potentially moving some of their best veteran players. Names like DeForest Buckner, Ryan Kelly, and Kenny Moore II have all been thrown around as possible trade candidates. After the Colts traded Stephon Gilmore to the Dallas Cowboys, the rumors only intensified.
On Wednesday night, the nflrums Twitter account tweeted that DeForest Buckner wanted to play for a contender, so it’s possible that he could be traded since that would also save a lot of money for Indianapolis. However, on Thursday morning, Buckner took to Twitter to put a stop to all of the rumors about his future with the Colts.
Buckner tweeted a GIF of the famous “I’m not leaving” scene from The Wolf of Wall Street, and captioned it by saying “I need you to check your sources,” while mentioning the nflrums account. So, expect Buckner to playing with Indianapolis next season.
DeForest Buckner says he isn’t leaving the Colts
From the outside looking in, Indianapolis looks like it’s about to embark on a rebuild. Indy has a new head coach, will soon draft a quarterback, and traded away a quality veteran in Stephon Gilmore. However, Buckner makes it clear that the team really isn’t selling. If the Colts aren’t selling, then they probably aren’t planning for a rebuild.
Indianapolis is entering a new chapter under Shane Steichen and rookie quarterback, however, they still have the star power to have a competitive team in the immediate future. With elite veterans like Buckner, Jonathan Taylor, and Shaq Leonard, Indy doesn’t have to undergo a multi-year rebuild. It may seem like it since the team is coming off a 4-12-1 season, but that doesn’t have to be the case.
If the Colts get healthy, address their offensive, and also build depth at the cornerback position, they could be competitive next season. Surely the front office knows that and that’s why the team isn’t willing to move players like DeForest Buckner.