The Pittsburgh Steelers have made a clear effort to address the interior of the defensive line this offseason. They traded for Baltimore Ravens lineman Chris Wormley last week, and then on Wednesday they signed Cavon Walker, formerly of the XFL's New York Guardians.
These additions could very well spell the end of Tyson Alualu's time in Pittsburgh.
Walker led the entire XFL with 4.5 sacks through five games — a particularly impressive feat considering he's a defensive tackle, not an edge rusher. Walker didn't make much of an impact in his college career at Maryland, and he went undrafted in the 2018 NFL Draft. He had previously been signed by the Chicago Bears, Kansas City Chiefs and New York Giants before his XFL career.
He is, of course, not a lock to make an impact, especially given his struggles before his XFL breakout. But combining his addition with the Wormley trade sends a clear message.
Alualu struggles as a pass rusher, with a combined 1.0 sacks and 4 quarterback hits over the last two seasons, and he hasn't recorded more than 4 tackles for a loss in a season since 2017.
Pittsburgh is strapped for cash, with less than $10 million available under the salary cap, and releasing Alualu would also provide a bit of relief on that front, freeing up $2.75 million.
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