On Tuesday, news broke that the Detroit Lions are parting ways with veteran defensive tackle Isaiah Buggs. While not completely unexpected considering how the Lions used Buggs sparingly in 2023, it is still a pretty shocking development when you consider just how high of a standing he had with the team going into the year—having been handed a two-year contract in March.
That said, we all knew the Lions were going to have to make some tough roster decisions as the team heads to the playoffs. At some point, Detroit is expected to roster C.J. Gardner-Johnson, Alim McNeill, and likely James Houston, too, as they all return from injured reserve. Buggs appears to be the first of a few tough cuts.
When the news broke on Tuesday, myself and Erik Schlitt were live on our Twitch and YouTube pages to give our live reactions to the breaking development. We talked about why the Lions may have selected Buggs, what moves may still be upcoming, and just the human element of this entire situation.
It’s important to remember that this is a heartbreaking moment for these players. Detroit stood on the shoulders of players like Buggs in order to get to where they are today, and now, unfortunately, Buggs won’t be there to reap the benefits of postseason play. We’ve seen coach Dan Campbell get emotional talking about players from 2021 and 2022 who were essential to the rebuild, so you know this must be a tough week for him, too.
You can catch our entire conversation below on YouTube. We’ve also uploaded this clip to our podcast feeds, if that’s more convenient for you.