- According to Chris Ballard, players like DeForest Buckner are rare to become available through the business.
Modified 09 Apr 2020, 22:52 IST
Chris Ballard, general manager of the Indianapolis Colts, believes the opportunity to sign DeForest Buckner is “unique” and not a single team could move away.
Ballard believes that adding a defensive lineman means the Colts have come up with an “elite” player who could have “contagious” effects on their defense.
The Colts, who added quarterback Philip Rivers in free agency, have dropped the No. 8 pick in the upcoming NFL Draft to bring Buckner from the San Francisco Sixers.
They immediately signed him to a huge four-year, $ 5 million contract extension, and Ballard felt he had little chance of choosing a high profile player in his prime.
“When an elite player in your premium position, who is barely 26 years old, has three times as many years of higher level sports as a unique, physical talent – a more unique person in terms of his character – we thought this was a great move for us. , “Ballard told the team’s website.
“When you acquire elite players, most of the time they’re usually at the bottom of their career, and if that happens in free agency, there’s usually a reason to hit the market.
“So we just saw a unique opportunity. The 7th pick was a lot, but we think he was warned about two games in the field and what he was bringing to the locker room, the 7th pick in the draft.”
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Ballard has been fascinated by Buckner’s NFL career to date, the first four years that ended with him being the mainstay of the four-man team that reached the Super Bowl in 2005.
“He disrupted the line of education and he was fruitful throughout his career,” added Buckner Ballard, who was drafted seven overall in 20 overall.
“His effort level, when you put the tape in, you’ve never seen a down game where you see a lack of effort.
“It’s a high motor, all the time, he plays as fast and as fast as he can, and it’s contagious for the defense – it’s contagious for a team.
“DeForest just added another young talented player with the high character that we want to make this thing” “
Published 09 Apr 2020, 22:52 IST