Cam Heyward and other Steelers defensive players convinced Tyson Alualu to stay in Pittsburgh
It looked like Tyson Alualu was heading to Jacksonville on a two-year, $6 million dollar deal. That was until news broke on Friday night that he had a change in heart and he has decided to stay in Pittsburgh. There were two reasons why Alualu decided to stay in Pittsburgh. His family built their dream house in Pittsburgh and the Steelers defensive players convinced him to stay.
Alualu was diagnosed with Covid-19 so he had to delay his trip to Jacksonville. Therefore his contract with the Jaguars was never signed so that gave the Steelers some extra time to try and convince him to stay in Pittsburgh. Cam Heyward played a big part in keeping Alualu in Pittsburgh. Many other defensive players also played a big role in keeping Alualu as well. It looks like the phone calls and text messages worked in changing Alualu's mind. Thankfully he did change his mind because the Steelers didn't have a solid option to replace Alualu's spot on the defensive line and they currently need to work on their offensive line and running game more than the defensive side of the ball.
The Steelers were making calls around the league looking for veteran defensive tackles. The organization thought Tyson Alualu was completely gone, but to their surprise, he was not.
Although Alualu turns 34 this season he is still playing at a high level alongside Cam Heyward and Stephon Tuitt. The Steelers know this and that is why they welcomed him back with open arms as quickly as they did.