While the impending departure of players like Le’Veon Bell and Antonio Brown have captured the headlines surrounding the Pittsburgh Steelers as of late, the team still has a significant number of other players to worry about this offseason with several notable names facing free agency in less than three weeks.
However, it would appear that Tyson Alualu will not be testing the open market this year after the Steelers announced they had re-signed the veteran defensive end to a new two-year contract extension on Friday.
We have signed DE Tyson Alualu to a new two-year deal.— Pittsburgh Steelers (@steelers) February 22, 2019
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While the financial terms of the deal have yet to be announced, the contract is unlikely to have taken up too much cap space. His previous deal with Pittsburgh was worth $6 million over two-years and it would not be a surprise if this new one was somewhat similar.
Alualu first joined the Steelers during free agency in 2017 after a disappointing career with the Jacksonville Jaguars. Selected with the 10th overall pick of the 2010 draft, Alualu never lived up to his draft status in Jacksonville, but he has been a dependable backup in Pittsburgh.
When speaking to Teresa Varley of Steelers.com, Alualu sounded pleased to being staying with the Steelers.
“It feels great. I am blessed to be able to come back and play for an organization that I love being around, from the top to the bottom. From management to my teammates. I am thankful to get something done and be with the group of guys that are chasing that trophy. I am just excited to get something done as soon as possible.”
In his two seasons in Pittsburgh so far, Alualu has recorded four sacks and 61 tackles and has only missed one game due to injury.