Prior to being drafted, he had played college football at Washington State. Originally having the trades of safety strong, he has transitioned to the position of a hybrid safety-inside linebacker for the Cardinals.
Deone Ariel Bucannon was born on August 30, 1992, in Oakland, California to parents Sonji Bucannon and Duane Bucannon. Bucannon is a graduate of Vanden High School where as a senior he recorded 107 tackles, including four sacks, and had two interceptions and two fumble recoveries. He earned SCAC Defensive Player of the Year honor for two consecutive years in addition to all-league and all city honors.
For College, Bucannon attended the Washington State where he continued with football clubs. In his senior year of 2013, he was a first team All-Pac-12 and first-team All-American selection. His collegiate football record was 384 tackles and 15 interceptions.
Deone Bucannon was entered in the 2014 NFL Draft where Arizona Cardinals picked him as the 27th pick of the first round. He signed a four-year, $7.7 million contract with a $3.92 million signing bonus and $6.23 million guaranteed with the Cardinals on June 5, 2014. The contract also included a fifth-year option.
Bucannon debuted with the team on September 8, 2014, in the season-opening match against the San Diego Chargers finishing his first professional game with five tackles. At the end of the season, Bucannon had recorded 83 total tackles, 66 solo tackles, two sacks, two pass deflections, and a forced fumble in nine starts and 16 games. He had shared his position with the veteran Tony Jefferson during his first season.
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Deone Bucannon was picked as a strong safety for the Cardinals. However, in the 2015 season, Sean Weatherspoon was injured during training camp and Bucannon was switched to the linebacker position to fill his void. He was able to perform well with the switch and is currently listed as a Money linebacker of the Cardinal's depth chart.
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Bucannon started all 16 games of the 2015 season and finished with a record stats of 112 tackles, three sacks, two fumble recoveries, three forced fumbles, three passes defended, and an interception returned for a touchdown.
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In the 2016 season, Deone Bucannon continued as the starter for the team. He played in 13 games of the season before being injured and placed on injured reserve on December 13, 2016, with an ankle injury. He ended the season recording 91 tackles and four passes defended.
The Cardinals picked up the fifth-year option on Bucannon's contract on April 26, 2017. He underwent ankle surgery in the season and missed four games of the season. He started in 12 games for the 2017 season and finished with a record of 82 tackles, 3 passes defended and three fumbles.
Deone Bucannon is currently in a relationship but he has not given any details as to who his girlfriend is. He does not like to give information about his personal relationship and has avoided questions about his love life with the media. He has not been married as such does not have a wife or children.
Deone Bucannon is one of the valuable players of Arizona Cardinals. The team had offered him a four-year, $7.7 million contracts with a $3.92 million signing bonus and $6.23 million guaranteed on his very first contract. His contract was extended by the Cardinals on April 26, 2017. His salary has been increased with time.
Over the course of his career in the NFL, he has reportedly earned over $16.52 million. His net worth is estimated to be over $14 million.