Extending DeForest Buckner further proves Colts' commitment to winning now

The Colts continue to do what only they know how to do.
Indianapolis Colts, DeForest Buckner
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This offseason hasn't been full of many big-time outside moves for the Indianapolis Colts. Instead, the team has taken the momentum they rode at the end of last season and decided to ride with it into the 2024 campaign.

Indy has re-signed a good amount of their own players this offseason and over the last year or so, including Jonathan Taylor, Michael Pittman Jr., Kenny Moore, and Grover Stewart.

On Monday morning, we saw Colts owner Jim Irsay take to social media to let the world know he and the front office have, once again, extended one of their own.

Indy gave defensive lineman DeForest Buckner another two years and $46 million, keeping him under contract through the 2026 season.

Back in 2020, the Colts traded for Buckner and immediately offered him an extension over four years. This is now the second extension Indy has given their stud defensive lineman, continuing to do what they do best.

The Colts keep rewarding their own players, which goes to show they have the utmost confidence in this group and Anthony Richardson

All the Colts have done, this offseason, is silently express faith in their own guys. Their actions have showed they value this core group of players and want to continue building through the draft, primarily. Of course, they traded for Buckner once upon a time, but they have now rewarded him for the second occasion.

Keeping many of their own goes to show that the Colts are, indeed, all-in on quarterback Anthony Richardson. They're spending money on their current players rather than going the outside-in route. That speaks volumes about the culture within that building and the ultimate belief in Richardson to lead this team toward a playoff run and hopefully, eventually, a title run.

Richardson, of course, is currently returning from a season-ending injury and should be ready to rock for the 2024 season.

Buckner, meanwhile, has been as consistent and reliable as the Colts could have asked for since joining the team. He's earned a pair of Pro Bowl nods to go with an All Pro selection, as well. Buckner has totaled at least 7.0 sacks in each season with the Colts, being the force that drives this defensive line week-in and week-out.