Steelers decline fifth-year option on Jarvis Jones

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The Steelers have declined to pick up the fifth-year option on outside linebacker Jarvis Jones, per multiple reports.

The deadline for picking up the options on 2013 first-round picks is midnight Monday. If the Steelers were debating the option or potentially negotiating a long-term deal with Jones is unclear.

The option would have paid Jones $8.4 million in 2017, so the Steelers declining it makes financial sense.

The two sides can still negotiate a long-term deal. His rookie contract will now expire following the 2016 season.

Jones started 15 games in 2015 and had his best season, recording two sacks, a forced fumble and an interception. He has started 26 of 36 career games and has just five sacks in three seasons.

37 responses to “Steelers decline fifth-year option on Jarvis Jones

  1. Man, I remember thinking that the Steelers got a steal in the draft when they drafted him.

    Wonder if another coach can salvage him….he looked unstoppable in college.

  2. What an absolute bust.

    Between this guy, Dupree and Shazier (hurt a lot and likely not to end soon), that’s 3 busts or outright disappointments at LB, as old man Harrison hangs on for his roid-ridden life.

  3. Not surprised. He wasn’t a good football player at Univ. of Georgia, so I didn’t expect he’d be a better pro. Even some good college players can’t make it in the NFL. This guy had bust written all over him. Go back and watch the tape at Georgia. Don’t listen to the hype, just watch the tape and you won’t ever see him beating a guy and making a play. All his plays were low degree of difficulty.

  4. They say the first round is a 50/50 crap shoot, and it was proven again this year. Thirty two first-rounders, and 16 had options exercised.

  5. Tylawspick6 you are a moron. There is no more complex defense than that of blitzburghs. He still has a year to prove what he can do, and I for one see him having his best year yet knowing it’s make or break. Btw your titles mean nothing. ****

  6. Selected #17 overall and the production of a 7th rounder. It’ll be interesting to see if he produces more this year. If he has a monster year then I’d let him walk because that would mean he only plays in a contract year.

  7. 2013 was a terrible draft and yet it was probably the best draft Martin Mayhew ever had for the Lions….1-Ziggy Ansah, 2-Darius Slay, 3-Larry Worford,….

  8. It sucks to let go of a first round pick, but he hasn’t come close to living up to his draft status. He’s good enough to play somewhere, but not as a starter and certainly not makeung $10M+/ year.

  9. He’ll be fine. All he needs to do is have a good 4-game stretch this year and the Ravens will give him $120M.

  10. What’s this wild obsession for bust OLB in the first round? at this rate Harrison and Timmons are going have to play forever.

  11. Subway was wrong, too. Jarvis Jones was one of the rookies they featured…..can’t recall who the other(s) were…..in their “fresh” commercial.

  12. handsofsteelhartofstone says:
    May 2, 2016 9:44 PM
    Tylawspick6 you are a moron. There is no more complex defense than that of blitzburghs. He still has a year to prove what he can do, and I for one see him having his best year yet knowing it’s make or break. Btw your titles mean nothing. ****
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    Hard to draft absolute premier studs when you consistently pick in the high 20s. Gee, I wonder why the Steelers are always picking in the high 20s.

  13. All you people that are so excited about Artie Burns are the same ones that were flipping out over Jarvis Jones and those of us that watch football just laughed and are laughing again.

  14. @handofsteelhart

    Pitt’s simple zone blitz D is more complex than what Belichick expects out of his selfless, versatile group?

    I think not.

    You babbling rhetoric about “complex defenses” is hilarious.

    Please don’t try to lecture Pats fans again on complexity of anything. NE is famous for a deep playbook and a lot of responsibility put on players, more than any other team in the league, including Pittsburgh.

    On offense, Brady and Co go through more WRs than any offense in the league due to the expectation and “complexity”.

    Just admit your GM, Colbert, is wildly overrated and has been poor at drafting since the Lockout ended and your D got old.

    I won’t get into the IQ factor comparing what Belichick looks for and what Pitt looks for because it’s not close. More than half of your stupid players on D could never play in NE. Who are you kidding here?

    Maybe Colbert should value football IQ, coachability and versatility more like BB does?

    Jame Harrison’s IQ is probably 25 for chrissakes.

  15. @ SteelTroll

    “Hard to draft absolute premier studs when you consistently pick in the high 20s. Gee, I wonder why the Steelers are always picking in the high 20s.”

    Maybe because Pitt is good but never SB worthy and overrated on defense with a mediocre defense for years now?

    I can’t even name a starting CB on Pittsburgh. Your D Line just got purged as well and Harrison is old. Very old.

  16. NE fans didn’t even exist before Brady. Soon they will disappear just as fast once the cheater is gone. It will back to watching the Red Sox for the rest of your miserable lives again.

  17. Anyone saying the steelers are terrible at drafting obviously forgot that they drafted the best receiver in the NFL in the 6th round.

  18. Steelers are not terrible at drafting but they are very bad at making picks in the first couple rounds as a rule. They have more success the later it goes so maybe they should follow the Browns model of just continuing to trade down.

  19. This guy has been a disappointment, he knows it as well as everyone else. The draft is always a gamble, look at Limus Sweed, our WR first round pick, he couldn’t catch…so Jarvis Jones has had a couple of years to perform and has not for whatever reason.

  20. Is he the guy that has the congenital back condition? Between that and his small size I was shocked he got drafted anywhere close to as high as he did.

  21. tylawspick6 says:
    May 3, 2016 10:06 AM
    @ SteelTroll

    “Hard to draft absolute premier studs when you consistently pick in the high 20s. Gee, I wonder why the Steelers are always picking in the high 20s.”

    Maybe because Pitt is good but never SB worthy and overrated on defense with a mediocre defense for years now?

    I can’t even name a starting CB on Pittsburgh. Your D Line just got purged as well and Harrison is old. Very old.
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    Pitt’s record and draft slot speaks for itself. Who cares who can and can’t name. Not me.

  22. Shocking….NOT! Absolute bust. Can not cover a TE, can not get sacks against any OL so no need to double team him ever, constantly looks confused and a step behind.

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