In maybe the first shocker of free agency, NT Tyson Alualu is returning to Jacksonville on a two-year deal worth $6 millions, according to multiple reports.
Congrats to @TysonAlualu for agreeing to a 2-year deal with @Jaguars. Where it all started and back with Coach Lupoi and Coach Joe D. Great story for a great guy! #NFLFreeAgency #NFL #calfootball @PrioritySports
— Kenny Zuckerman (@kenny_zuckerman) March 16, 2021
It's a two-year, $6 million deal for DT Tyson Alualu with the #Jaguars, per source.
— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) March 16, 2021
Aaron Wilson has the details on the contract.
Tyson Alualu (Jaguars) two years, $6M base value, $3.925M gtd, $2.4M signing bonus, salaries $1.075M 9gtd), $2.05M ($250K gtd), up to $250K per game active roster bonus 2022; $200K workout bonus 2022, $25K workout bonus 2021
— Aaron Wilson (@AaronWilson_NFL) March 16, 2021
Alualu spent the first seven years of his career in Jacksonville, drafted by the Jags 10th overall in the 2010 draft. Pittsburgh signed him in 2017 and he’s played some of his best ball the past two seasons. He was dominant the first half of 2020 before an MCL sprain suffered against Baltimore slowed him down the rest of the way. In his time with Pittsburgh, he started 22 games, recording 140 tackles and seven sacks.
The Steelers now have a big hole at nose tackle. Internally, there’s sophomore Carlos Davis, a 2020 7th round pick who flashed in limited opportunity as a rookie. Isaiah Buggs and Henry Mondeaux have also played nose tackle in a pinch. But Pittsburgh may need to look at the free agent market for Alualu’s replacement.