When it comes to the off-season, fans like to pay attention to the big name free agent signings and draft picks. That is where the flash is. But flash does not always mean substance. Paying a guy a ton of money doesn’t guarantee he will be any good for you.
Sometimes the guys that end up making the biggest contribution are the unknown workhorses making relatively little. You know, guys like the Steelers latest addition, defensive tackle Tyson Alualu.
The Jacksonville Jaguars took Alualu with the No. 10 pick of the 2010 draft out of California. Most draft analysts had him pegged as a late first-round pick. Taking him with the tenth overall pick was considered “risky.” But then he appeared to live up to expectations his rookie season. He started all 16 games and played well enough to be named to the All-Rookie team by three publications.
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But then he never really improved. To be fair, it is kind of hard to shine when you play on a team as bad as the Jaguars have been.
The stats do not pop out at you, but he’s a versatile 300+ pound player that can line up at tackle or end.
“That has been a part of my strength, the versatility of being able to play inside and outside,” said Alualu (Steelers.com). “Whatever the coaches want me to play, whatever position, I am just willing to play anything to help out, help this team. They are so close to always being in the Super Bowl. I just want to be a part of that.”
He comes relatively cheap at $6 million over the next two seasons with $1.75 million guaranteed.
So, if he works out—fantastic. If he doesn’t—eh, he didn’t cost much.