The Pittsburgh Steelers certainly waited a while before getting the free agency ball rolling, but once they got started they have started their own small free agent frenzy.
Monday, the team signed both Knile Davis and Coty Sensabaugh to new contracts, and they added to their growing free agent list by signing Tyson Alualu, formerly of the Jacksonville Jaguars, to a new contract Tuesday.
Steelers, Tyson Alualu agree to terms. Not sure if physically signed yet but will. A versatile 300-pound end to put in mix w/ Heyward/Tuitt— Jeremy Fowler (@JFowlerESPN) March 21, 2017
The move is a big one for Pittsburgh, as it helps solidify the team’s depth along the defensive line. They have solid starters with Stephon Tuitt, Javon Hargrave and Cam Heyward, but after L.T. Walton were severely strapped for depth. The addition of Alualu not only helps in this facet, but likely means the end of the road for Ricardo Mathews in the Steel City.
Alualu, a former first round draft pick, spent his entire career in Jacksonville, and had 2.5 sacks from the defensive interior in 2016. The lure of success, and a chance to contend, had to weigh on him when it came to making a decision where to play in 2017. There are few teams who have the chance to genuinely compete for a Super Bowl next season, and the Pittsburgh Steelers are one of those teams.
With the latest addition, the Steelers could still be looking to address a couple positions in free agency, but the team could also decide they have added all they need, and any other glaring need will be met through the 2017 NFL Draft.
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