Isaiah Buggs became the first of the Steelers’ nine 2019 draft picks to sign his rookie contract with the team on Tuesday.
The 6-foot-3, 306-pound defensive tackle – like all NFL draft picks – is inking a tightly templates deal. The league assigns salaries on a sliding scale based on draft position. His four-year deal is projected to pay him $2,667,294, including a $147,294 signing bonus — the only portion of these contracts truly guaranteed.
Buggs joins a defensive line that already includes Cameron Heyward, Stephon Tuitt, Javon Hargrave, Tyson Alualu and Daniel McCullers. He joins his former Crimson Tide position coach, Karl Dunbar, who joined Pittsburgh’s staff before last season.
The Steelers had about $4.8 million in cap space as of Tuesday’s NFL Players Association report. Buggs’ signing would only be impacted by his signing bonus. His $495,000 base salary only displaces another $495,000 base salary in the top 51 cap hits that count against the team at this point in the offseason.
Steelers rookies report for their minicamp on Friday.