The second longest tenured Jaguar will be playing for a new team in 2017. Per Jeremy Fowler of ESPN unrestricted free agent Tyson Alualu has signed a contract with the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Alualu was originally selected by the Jaguars out of Cal in 2010. Many on the First Coast believed the Jaguars reached for the tweener defensive lineman and they may have been right. While Alualu never lived up to where he was selected in the draft he had been a solid player for the Jaguars in each and every season that he was with the team. He never put up eye popping numbers; He never made a Pro Bowl, but what he did do was play consistent football no matter what the Jaguars asked him to do. And they asked him to do a great many things. During his tenure he played just about every position possible along the defensive line and that versatility is exactly what kept him around for so long despite many labeling him a bust.
At only 29 years old Tyson Alualu should have plenty left in the tank for the Steelers ascending young defense in 2017.
It became clear that Tyson Alualu wasn't a priority for the Jaguars after they elected to bring back several other players just prior to the start of free agency and there was no mention of meetings with Alualu or his representatives.
With Calais Campbell, Malik Jackson, Abry Jones, Sheldon Day, Yannick Ngakoue, Dante Fowler all vying for legitimate playing time on the defensive line there wasn't much room for the versatile veteran Alualu.
At Generation Jaguar we would like to thank Tyson for the time he spent in Jacksonville and the impact he had on and off the field.
Best of Luck Tyson!
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