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Steelers ink former Tide DL Isaiah Buggs to four-year contract

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The third former standout from the University of Alabama officially has his money from his respective National Football League home. 

After toiling in junior college and playing two seasons under Nick Saban, Isaiah Buggs was selected in the sixth round (No. 192 overall) of the NFL Draft to the Pittsburgh Steelers. 

According to a tweet from the franchise, Buggs has signed his deal – joining the likes of Irv Smith Jr., and Lyndell “Mack” Wilson.

Per Spotrac, the Louisiana native is set to pocket $2.69 million with a $167,993 signing bonus. Buggs will be looking at a base salary of $495,000 for the 2019 season and an average annual salary of $671,998.  

He goes to a fierce defensive front, as the Steelers currently have Cameron Heyward, Stephon Tuitt, Tyson Alualu and Bud Dupree.

The team acquired Mark Barron in free agency at outside linebacker and drafted Devin Bush (formerly of University of Michigan) for inside linebacker. 

Buggs had a strong senior year with the Crimson Tide — totaling 51 tackles, 13.5 tackles for loss, 9.5 sacks (team-high), six quarterback pressures, three pass breakups and two forced fumbles through 15 games in 2018.

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The 6-foot-3, 306-pounder impressed Steelers’ defensive line coach Karl Dunbar (former Tide assistant) with his footwork, explosive hands and edge-bending abilities at Alabama’s Pro Day.

He was one of 10 players that was taken in this year’s venue.  

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Stephen M. Smith is the managing editor and senior writer for Touchdown Alabama Magazine.  You can “like” him on Facebook or “follow” him on Twitter, via @CoachingMSmith.

Stephen Smith is a 2015 graduate of the University of Alabama. He is a senior writer and reporter for Touchdown Alabama Magazine. He has covered Alabama football for 15 years and his knowledge and coverage of the Crimson Tide's program have made him among the most respected journalist in his field. Smith has been featured on ESPN and several other marquee outlets as an analyst.

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