The Pittsburgh Steelers will again have their first round draft pick under contract when they begin training camp practices in July as it was announced on Monday afternoon that first-round draft pick, linebacker Jarvis Jones, has agreed to terms.
Jones, who played his college football at Georgia, was the 17th overall pick in the 2012 NFL draft. In his last two years of college he registered 28 total sacks to go along with 43 tackles for loss. He is expected to enter training camp as the backup to Jason Worilds at right outside linebacker.
While terms of the contract have yet to be released, Jones four-year contract is expected to total out at around $8.5 million and include a signing bonus of around $4.7 million. The Steelers will also hold a fifth-year option on Jones being as he was a first-round selection.
“I think it’s a blessing,” said Jones, following his signing on Monday. “I wanted to get it out of the way so I can continue to focus on my career.”
Earlier on Monday, it was announced that the team had signed their second-round pick, running back Le\’Veon Bell, so that should leave quarterback Landry Jones and defensive end Nick Williams as the only unsigned draft picks at this point. Their deals, however, are expected to be completed at any time now.
Last year, the Steelers didnt get their first round draft pick, guard David DeCastro, signed until July 24th.