If nothing else came out right from the COVID-19 pandemic, the re-singing of Tyson Alualu by the Pittsburgh Steelers is one of them. It was assumed that Alualu planned to sign with the Jacksonville Jaguars this season and the Steelers would have to figure out how to replace him.
But Alualu is back and this is important to the Steelers. Here are the three big things that Alualu’s return means for Pittsburgh.
The injury virus hit the center of the Steelers defense hard last season. Inside linebacker Devin Bush along with Alualu lost time and the entire defense suffered. If the Steelers are going to have Robert Spillane in the middle all season, Alualu in front of him makes me that much more comfortable.
The Steelers have significant draft needs on both sides of football. Getting Alualu to sign with Pittsburgh could have a serious ripple effect in terms of the draft and give the Steelers more leverage to focus on the offensive side of the ball early on.
Alualu is now the second Steelers starter facing free agency to decide to return to Pittsburgh with more money on the table elsewhere. This is the kind of culture that winning franchises have.