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Steelers appear ready to give Landry Jones good backup money

CHARLOTTE, NC - SEPTEMBER 01:  Landry Jones #3 of the Pittsburgh Steelers makes a call at the line against the Carolina Panthers in the 2nd quarter during their game at Bank of America Stadium on September 1, 2016 in Charlotte, North Carolina.  (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images) Getty Images

Steelers backup quarterback Landry Jones becomes a free agent next month, but the team appears ready to make sure he stays in Pittsburgh.

The Steelers view Jones as better than 80 percent of the other backups in the league, according to Gerry Dulac of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. If that’s the case, it’s hard to see how the Steelers could let him get away, unless some other team were willing to offer Jones starter money.

And the reality is there’s no way another team will offer Jones starter money. The Steelers may love what Jones gives them as a backup, but he’s only been so-so when filling in for Ben Roethlisberger, completing 60.3 percent of his passes with a 7.6 yards per pass average, seven touchdowns and six interceptions. No team is going to make Jones its starter, so what would seem to make the most sense is the Steelers giving Jones a contract better than 80 percent of backups make.

That might put Jones somewhere in the neighborhood of the two-year, $6.5 million contract the Cardinals gave backup quarterback Drew Stanton last year. For the Steelers, locking Jones up with that kind of deal would give them some security as Roethlisberger ages and begins to talk about hanging up the cleats. And for Jones, it would be a hefty pay raise over the four-year, $2.6 million rookie contract he just finished.

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  1. jag1959 says: Feb 16, 2017 10:03 AM

    “Good’ backup money is one thing and Drew Stanton money is reasonable for a backup a team has faith in but it’s all in how you define good. If it is Chase Daniels money that is crazy talk.

  2. firecracker87 says: Feb 16, 2017 10:04 AM

    Umm, why? The guy is 3rd string on the practice squad at best.

  3. tedmurph says: Feb 16, 2017 10:15 AM

    He’s a fine, middle of the road backup. The steelers better get around to drafting and developing the next guy. They don’t have the D to go back to the Neil O’Donnell days, and I think Brady outlasts Roethlisberger.

  4. mcjon22 says: Feb 16, 2017 10:20 AM

    Big Ben is 35 and flirting with retirement, and Landry is average on his best day.

    Why wouldn’t you try upgrading this position?

  5. 6ball says: Feb 16, 2017 10:20 AM

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    ” For the Steelers, locking Jones up with that kind of deal would give them some security as Roethlisberger ages and begins to talk about hanging up the cleats. ”

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    The Steelers security is short term. At some point they’re going to have to spend a high draft pick on a developmental QB to be a long term replacement for Roethlisberger.
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  6. stoneydog1000 says: Feb 16, 2017 10:24 AM

    Landry Jones sucks!

  7. steelpenguin6687 says: Feb 16, 2017 10:27 AM

    Nooooooooooooooooooooo!

  8. handsofsteelhartofstone says: Feb 16, 2017 10:43 AM

    this is a mistake. he is not nfl quarterback material

  9. Stiller43 says: Feb 16, 2017 10:51 AM

    That’s fair. You don’t feel like you’re going to beat a playoff team with him, but you trust him to beat a good enough portion of teams in the league.

    Far from a world beater, but there are a TON of backups (and maybe 1 starter or two) worse than Jones.

  10. conciselogic says: Feb 16, 2017 10:51 AM

    He is terrible! find another cheap backup and save some $ for the defense!

    this years draft class should be 1 qb and 6 corners!

  11. nflknowitall says: Feb 16, 2017 10:55 AM

    All you experts with an opinion – HA HA

    WHO should the Steelers have as their B/U QB if not Jones?

    They have Mettenberger but he’s nothing more than a question mark.

    Who else is there?

    And don’t talk about drafting a QB. The Steelers will certainly look at that this year and if there’s one available when they have a pick they’ll take him. But he won’t be ready and Jones is.

  12. TheAfterParty says: Feb 16, 2017 10:58 AM

    Backup QB-best job ever. Limited action, not getting hit, and getting paid a salary better than most of us. I’d love to be a backup QB.

  13. bengals1974 says: Feb 16, 2017 11:08 AM

    I bet they draft a QB project this year. Take a gamble, develop a guy..

    Saying that, if it was that easy everyone would do it.

  14. jm91rs says: Feb 16, 2017 11:11 AM

    Big Ben is not exactly a picture of perfect health so for the Steelers sake I hope they realize they need to start looking for a legit replacement option for 2-4 years down the road.

  15. steelerfanjo says: Feb 16, 2017 11:13 AM

    Jones is a guy most Steeler fans hate, but he is better than most. He takes a while to get going, but he has improved alot. Keep him, pay him – he is a team first player still with upside. Steeler fans love to hate backup QB’s. This Steeler fan likes Jones. Now lets get Timmons back for one more year. He makes over 100 tackles a year and calls the defense.

  16. TheDPR says: Feb 16, 2017 11:14 AM

    I don’t think you can complain about re-signing a backup with experience. It doesn’t preclude grooming Ben’s heir at the position. In fact, it makes whoever you bring in work that much harder, knowing there’s a veteran ahead of him in the pecking order that he needs to surpass. Just don’t overpay Jones and you’re fine. When/if you no longer need him you cut him loose.

  17. babygaga19 says: Feb 16, 2017 11:17 AM

    Astute move by Steelers at fair pay. Besides, who else is available that won’t sink your ship when called upon?

  18. eroschmidt says: Feb 16, 2017 11:29 AM

    HUH? He stinks. Like, worse than EJ Manuel of the Bills stinks….

  19. nhpats says: Feb 16, 2017 11:32 AM

    mcjon22 says:
    Feb 16, 2017 10:20 AM
    Big Ben is 35 and flirting with retirement, and Landry is average on his best day.

    Why wouldn’t you try upgrading this position?

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    Big Ben is 35 and flirting with 300lbs!

  20. Nofoolnodrool says: Feb 16, 2017 11:38 AM

    He’s a fine, middle of the road backup. The steelers better get around to drafting and developing the next guy. They don’t have the D to go back to the Neil O’Donnell days, and I think Brady outlasts Roethlisberger.

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    Whenever this poster says I think I get eye strain from doing a severe eye roll. You think like you said the Steelers would go 9-7 at best last year and the Pat’s were going to torch the Broncos the year before and the Falcons this year…..the weatherman is more accurate than this troll.

  21. steelcurtainn says: Feb 16, 2017 11:39 AM

    Not really liking this move but at the same time where is there a reliable good back up qb in the league with experience. I don’t see the Steelers drafting a qb this year if they sign Jones.

  22. largejk says: Feb 16, 2017 11:39 AM

    Trade him, use that money to get some decent defensive backs for a change and draft a late round QB (ala Brady/Prescott) so we get a glimpse of the future QB when Ben gets hurt again this coming year. But of course, there is Tomlin so doubt he’ll do something like that coz he’s the coach and I’m just a fan. 😛

  23. buckbranch1861 says: Feb 16, 2017 11:48 AM

    This is about as dumb as you can get. Wake up do you not remember the butt kicking you just took in the afc championship game or do you all just like pain and getting beat.

  24. tedmurph says: Feb 16, 2017 12:12 PM

    Whenever this poster says I think I get eye strain from doing a severe eye roll. You think like you said the Steelers would go 9-7 at best last year and the Pat’s were going to torch the Broncos the year before and the Falcons this year…..the weatherman is more accurate than this troll.

    Steelers lost to the Patriots. AGAIN. AS I PREDICTED. Patriots won the Super Bowl. AGAIN. AS I PREDICTED. How did the Seahawks winning the SBowl prediction work out for you drooly? An innocuous post about a backup QB illicits an attack from the idiot squad. The flower of steeler fandom.

  25. bengals1974 says: Feb 16, 2017 12:14 PM

    buckbranch1861 says:
    Feb 16, 2017 11:48 AM
    This is about as dumb as you can get. Wake up do you not remember the butt kicking you just took in the afc championship game or do you all just like pain and getting beat.

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    This has nothing to do with that. Yes it was a curb stomp, but Landry Jones had nothing to do with it. It is all about locking up a back-up that knows the system. Smart move, now go get your RB a contract. But again, yes it was a whipping, thank you for reminding everyone…

  26. straighcashhomey says: Feb 16, 2017 12:16 PM

    they should resign him. Big Ben is getting hurt a lot more in his later years and they will need him at one point in the season.

  27. tedmurph says: Feb 16, 2017 12:25 PM

    Look, if Brady, Roethlisberger, Rodgers or any QB like that goes down, you’re not gonna win the SBowl. That’s just how it is in this day and age. You just want a guy that knows the system and can get you 2-2 if the QB goes down for 4 gms. You need that with BB, who gets hurt every yr. LJones is not the next guy, everyone knows that. But he can do the same job Hoyer/Cassell did in NEngland. Better start making plans for the next guy. Steelers aren’t gonna have a top 5 pick in the forseeable future. If you start early, even if you whiff in a couple drafts, you could get lucky with a RWilson type.

  28. firecracker87 says: Feb 16, 2017 12:26 PM

    Trade him for Jimmy Garoppolo…..

    …who am I kiddin, Bill Belichick aint that stupid, which says a lot about Steelers keeping Jones.

  29. bubbahotepp says: Feb 16, 2017 12:28 PM

    Good God, no! What are these idiots thinking?

  30. excusemewhileiwhipthisoutagain says: Feb 16, 2017 12:30 PM

    This sucks. Laundry Jones has been serviceable with stretches of mediocrity. Let him go and work on Mettenberger.

  31. myspaceyourface says: Feb 16, 2017 12:58 PM

    The view him as an elite backup…..

    ….and again here is the problem with the talent evaluators in Pittsburgh.

  32. Nofoolnodrool says: Feb 16, 2017 1:10 PM

    Steelers lost to the Patriots. AGAIN. AS I PREDICTED. Patriots won the Super Bowl. AGAIN. AS I PREDICTED. How did the Seahawks winning the SBowl prediction work out for you drooly? An innocuous post about a backup QB illicits an attack from the idiot squad. The flower of steeler fandom.

    Attack? Since when is getting the lies corrected an attack? The truth will set you free….don’t be afraid.

    Jones is not the long term answer,

  33. bigbenisabigbaby says: Feb 16, 2017 1:12 PM

    Ahh yes. Ben’s replacement and the end to the Steeler’s playoff hopes for years to come.

  34. enoughofthatalready says: Feb 16, 2017 1:57 PM

    The days of developing a young QB into a starter are long gone. The limits on who can practice and how much you can practice gives you no opportunity to put a guy on the bench and develop. You have to either draft a guy and start him day one or sign a veteran. I believe that when the time comes, the Steelers will either draft their starter or sign a veteran that can start until they do so. Ben is going to be around for at least 1 more year and the Steelers need to draft a Wr, Rb, Olb, S and Cb that can play this year.

  35. troy43mvp says: Feb 16, 2017 2:01 PM

    He is a serviceable back up. He knows the system, he has offensive help and the move leaves the option of drafting a qb this year. If the right one is not there, the Steelers won’t reach and if he is there …..great! The Steelers have made it too far into the playoffs too many times for their fan’s not to give the benefit of doubt to the front office.

  36. streetyson says: Feb 16, 2017 2:13 PM

    If so, it says more about Steelers’ lack of developing depth than Landry himself. Big Ben has carried this team and it’s cheerleader coach for years and they’ll be horribly exposed without Ben, much like they are whenever any one or two of their other current stars are injured.

  37. takeyourpunishmentandquitwhininglikeababy says: Feb 16, 2017 2:52 PM

    Nice to see the Steelers betting heavily on Jones. With Brown and Bell around to drag the team into salary cap/multiple distractions/suspension/injury hell, Jones will be the icing on the AFCN basement cake.

  38. crownofthehelmet says: Feb 16, 2017 4:43 PM

    When the other QBs in the division are Flacco and Dalton, you can pretty much sign anyone to roll out there and still win the division in a landslide.

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