Steelers in Memoriam: All those that were lost this offseason

Vince Williams #98 of the Pittsburgh Steelers. (Photo by Joe Sargent/Getty Images)
Vince Williams #98 of the Pittsburgh Steelers. (Photo by Joe Sargent/Getty Images) /
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Pittsburgh Steelers cornerback Mike Hilton (28). Mandatory Credit: Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports /

Mike Hilton (2016-2021)

Mike Hilton is an amazing success story as the former undrafted free agent moved around from a couple of teams before landing with the Steelers. He found a home here and quickly earned playing time on a rising defense. He eventually became one of the best slot corners in the NFL and was on a reasonable deal. He was a free agent this offseason and the Steelers elected to keep Cam Sutton over Hilton and that makes sense for the team right now.

Hilton earned a nice contract with the Cincinnati Bengals and that is great for him as his work ethic is great. The team he is going to is not the best and this player needs to be deployed in a certain way to be the most effective as possible. We will never forget how short he was but he could fly past people to make a tackle in the backfield or get a sack. Hilton was a great player that really deserves nothing but success going forward, except against his former employers.

Tyson Alualu (2017-2021?)

Well folks after a report of Tyson Alualu going back to the Jacksonville Jaguars in free agency, this player is returning back to Pittsburgh. Apparently, he got Covid and couldn’t go to Florida to sign with the team so his fellow Steeler teammates talked him into coming back on a cheaper contract. This is huge news as Alualu has become one of the best depth defensive linemen in the NFL.

He ages like a fine wine with the Steelers and this player, who almost left, returned back from the ashes like a Phoenix. This is a huge return for the team and it should be official sometime shortly as Alualu was almost the one that got away in a romantic comedy but the Steelers were able to get to the plane in time and tell him how they really felt. He now stays with the team as he continues his career as the nose tackle going forward.

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The Steelers have a lot of work to do when it comes to filling voids along their roster. It will be an interesting finish to the crazy offseason across the NFL.