The Jacksonville Jaguars signed defensive end Tyson Alualu to a two-year contract, the club announced today. Alualu was scheduled to become a free agent on March 10 if he had not signed a new contract.
“We are excited to get Tyson under contract,” Jaguars general manager David Caldwell said. “This was a priority for us before free agency officially opened. Tyson is a durable player who has the ability to play multiple positions along the line and is a great teammate. We feel like he is continuing to improve as a player and we are excited for his future as a Jaguar.”
“It’s great to get Tyson back here where he can continue to add to our team on and off the field,” Jaguars head coach Gus Bradley said. “He’s a player that competes every day in practice and the meeting room and that carries over to games. He was really healthy last year for probably the first time and it showed with his consistent play throughout the season. He understands what is expected and has played a large part in the culture we are trying to establish here.”
“I’m really thankful to Shad Khan, David Caldwell and Gus Bradley for getting this done,” Alualu said. “This is where I began my NFL career and our family has made Jacksonville home. It was important for me to be here as we turn this franchise around. I’m really excited about the future and what has been established here. I want to keep raising the bar with my play and strive to be the best player I can possibly be for this group of guys.”
Alualu was the 10th overall pick by the Jaguars in the 2010 draft and has played in all 80 games over his first five seasons, the sixth-longest streak in franchise history. Alualu started the first 64 games of his career, the only defensive player to start all 16 games for the Jaguars from 2010-13. His career totals include 314 tackles, 13 sacks, 19 tackles for loss, 68 quarterback hits, six passes defensed and one fumble recovery.
In 2013, Alualu was one of only five players to start all 16 games as he made the transition from defensive tackle to defensive end in the offseason. He finished the season with 44 tackles, 1.5 sacks, eight quarterback hits and three tackles for loss. He produced 30 tackles, two sacks, two tackles for loss and five quarterback hits in 2014.
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