Chiefs To Release DT Isaiah Buggs

Amidst a number of legal issues, Isaiah Buggs‘ time with the Chiefs is set to come to an end. The veteran defensive lineman has been informed by Kansas City he will be released, Tom Pelissero of NFL Network reports.

Buggs was the subject of two arrest warrants on misdemeanor animal cruelty charges, and he turned himself in earlier this month. The 27-year-old was later arrested for alleged domestic violence and burglary, adding to his off-field troubles. A $5K bond was initially posted in the latter case, but Pelissero notes it has since been revoked. As a result, Buggs is currently in prison as his legal situations play out.

Kansas City signed the former sixth-rounder rounder to a futures contract in February, giving him an opportunity to carve out a roster spot during training camp. That pact – worth the veteran’s minimum – contained only $250K in guaranteed salary along with a $100K signing bonus, though, making it feasible from the team’s perspective to move on. The decision to release Buggs will result in $350K in dead money and $803K in cap savings.

Buggs spent his first three NFL seasons with the Steelers, making 29 appearances and seven starts. He spent the past two years in Detroit, logging a heavier workload than he had during his time in Pittsburgh. The Alabama product racked up 58 tackles and a pair of sacks in 27 games as a Lion. Detroit waived him in January once Alim McNeill returned to full health.

The Chiefs have Chris Jones in place as the focal point of their defensive front. That group is filled out by low-cost contributors, including the likes of Derrick Nnadi, Mike Pennel and Tershawn Wharton. Kansas City entered Monday with roughly $15.6MM in cap space, a figure which will jump slightly once the Buggs release become official. The team will therefore have the financial wiggle room to make a summer addition along the D-line if one is deemed necessary. Buggs’ NFL future, meanwhile, is in doubt.

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