Former Jacksonville Jaguars defensive lineman Tyson Alualu will be visiting with the Pittsburgh Steelers on Monday, according to a report by Jeremy Fowler of ESPN. It's not a surprise that a team like the Steelers would be interested in a player like Alualu, and in the second wave of free agency there might be a handful of teams who are interested in the former 10th overall pick.
Former Jags DL Tyson Alualu visiting Steelers, per source. Flying in today.— Jeremy Fowler (@JFowlerESPN) March 20, 2017
The Jaguars were interested in bringing Alualu back, but depending on the cost and the market he could end up somewhere else, especially after the team spent the money they did on Calais Campbell in free agency and what could fall to the Jaguars with the No. 4 overall pick.
Alualu was originally drafted 10th overall with the intention to be a pass rushing defensive tackle, but his rookie season took a hit before it got started when he injured his knee doing an impromptu Oklahoma Drill which eventually led to micro-fracture surgery. While Alualu never lived up to the 10th overall pick billing, he was a solid steady player for the Jaguars for multiple seasons at both defensive tackle and left end. He was a player coaches loved because he did everything asked of him and never really had any injury issues.
It wouldn't shock me to see Alualu back, but I'd expect there will be a decent market for his services, especially from teams that run a 3-4 defensive front.