Supply: DT Alualu chooses Steelers, not Jaguars

PITTSBURGH — After initially agreeing to phrases with the Jacksonville Jaguars in free company, defensive sort out Tyson Alualu is re-signing with the Pittsburgh Steelers, a supply confirmed to ESPN on Saturday.

Per week and a half in the past, Alualu, 33, agreed to a two-year, $6 million take care of the Jaguars, the group that chosen him within the first spherical of the 2010 NFL draft. Nonetheless, Alualu modified his thoughts throughout a delay in his journey to Jacksonville to signal the contract, a supply confirmed to ESPN. Alualu had examined constructive for COVID-19, sidelining him for 10 days, and he modified his thoughts about leaving Pittsburgh, based on a league supply.

Alualu was swayed to remain in Pittsburgh by teammate Cam Heyward and different defensive position members, who informed him how badly they wished him to remain, a supply informed ESPN. The Steelers did not should re-recruit Alualu to persuade the nostril sort out to remain. As a substitute, he accepted the staff’s authentic supply, which was barely lower than the one Jacksonville supplied, a supply informed ESPN.

Alualu’s teammates greeted information of his return with enthusiasm on Twitter on Saturday evening.

Alualu has been with the Steelers since 2017, when he signed a two-year, $6 million deal in free company.

Alualu was a mainstay within the Steelers’ run protection final season, taking on the beginning nostril sort out job. He appeared in 15 video games, enjoying 44% of defensive snaps. He had 38 tackles, together with 4 for a loss, and two sacks final season.

With out Alualu, the Steelers lacked a constant veteran presence on the place, and he shores up a significant gap that was left in his brief departure. The Steelers nonetheless have to switch 4 defensive starters — linebacker Bud Dupree, inside linebacker Vince Williams, defensive again Mike Hilton and cornerback Steve Nelson.

The phrases of Alualu’s deal weren’t disclosed, however the Steelers lately made strikes to unencumber some salary-cap house, together with the discharge of beginning cornerback Steven Nelson, which created $8.25 million in cap house.

NFL Community was first to report Alualu’s determination.

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