Alualu, who was drafted by the Jaguars in 2010, originally planned to return to his first NFL team but within the last 10 days, some things have changed.
The 33-year-old Hawaii native was planning on making a trip to Jacksonville but couldn't travel because he tested positive for COVID-19, according to Pelissero. After building his dream home in Pittsburgh, his kids in school and with time to rethink things, he decided to stay put.
His Steelers teammate and four-time Pro Bowl defensive tackle Cam Heyward seemed to be all smiles after hearing the news.
Alualu only missed one game for the Steelers in 2020. He started 10 times, had 38 total tackles and two sacks in his 11th season.