Isaiah Buggs posted a farewell to the city of Detroit on X, formerly Twitter, on Tuesday morning. In the post, Buggs thanked the city of Detroit and his teammates, and said “The Time Has Come For Me To Say Goodbye. Detroit 96 Out.”
Thank You Detroit For Everything The Past Year Has Been Amazing From Meeting New People Playing With Great Teammates But The Time Has Come For Me To Say Goodbye. Detroit 96 Out. ❤️— Isaiah D. Buggs (@BigPooh_91) January 2, 2024
The not-so-cryptic message seems to indicate his time as a Detroit Lions defensive tackle is over. Buggs has had a rollercoaster of a year in Detroit. After finishing the 2022 season as a critical piece of the defense, he signed a two-year deal worth up to $6 million dollars, with $2.1 million guaranteed. Buggs surprisingly started the season as a healthy scratch, and would bounce between starting and being a healthy scratch week-to-week in 2023. Now, with just a game left, it seems the Lions are letting Buggs go for good.
The presumed release of Buggs opens up a roster spot as the Lions have a slew of players set to return to the roster. Safety Ceedy Deuce (formerly C.J. Gardner-Johnson) is set to make his return from a torn pectoral muscle this week, and DT Alim McNeill is expected to return this week from his own respective injury. The Lions are also setting up to activate James Houston sometime in the near future.
Buggs finishes this season with the Lions with 12 tackles, a sack, a pass defense, and a fumble recovery in 10 games.
UPDATE: Tom Pelissero confirmed the news Buggs was suggesting, he is getting waived: