Steelers Sign First-Round Draft Pick LB Jarvis Jones On Monday

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.

  • Michael Mazanowski

    Jones is a beast! Cannot wait to see him in pads!

  • kakello34

    Wow, I don’t remember a 1st round pick ever being signed this early.

  • Douglas Andrews

    Yep I was watching him at UGA saying the same thing…didnt realize he would be our first round pick

  • Chris Ranieri

    Dave, or anyone who knows, I’m curious how the signing bonus works.

    More specifically, how the money is distributed over a basic contract. Let’s say JJ gets the 8.86m contract with the SB of 4.82m (hypothetically speaking, of course). It is to my understanding that the SB is 100% guaranteed money. So this will be distributed over the 4 years of the contract. (Essentially 1,205,000 per year, unless agreed otherwise)

    Then we have the non-guaranteed. The other 4.04m.

    My question for you, and for anyone else, is basically this: How is the player paid, considering the guaranteed and non-guaranteed money? 8.86m / 4 would be 2.215m per year.

    Is this total divided and distributed throughout the year? Or is the guaranteed money paid in lump sum at the beginning of the year, and then the non-guaranteed paid throughout the season?

    Sorry for the lengthy message, and I hope I have made myself clear. This is just a question I have been itching to ask for some time. Feel free to clarify or correct any mistakes I have made in anything I have written above.

  • Michael Mazanowski

    Me neither! I thought CB, S, or WR! OLB?! Jones was a freak against SEC competition! Yeah baby! Jones is ready!

  • Douglas Andrews

    Ready made 3-4 LB and forget about that 40 time 4.8 or whatever it was ….maybe he hurt his hammy during that 40 and that slowed him down because everything i watched tells me he runs alot faster than that 40 time. He all over the place chasing down qb’s, and RB’s down the field

  • Michael Mazanowski

    My forty time is measured on chugging a 40 ounce beers! Jones’ 40 time doesn’t matter unless the QB is 50 yards away when the ball is snapped!

  • Michael Mazanowski

    Same here!

  • SteelersDepot

    Base salaries and signing bonuses USUALLY paid out over the course of the season in 17 checks, to my understanding. I am guessing all but about $800K of Jones contract is fully guaranteed with that last $800K coming as a roster bonus in year four

  • Michael Mazanowski

    OMG does saying 40 ounce beers make me sound stereotypical?! Cause I’m white and I drink em!

  • StarSpangledSteeler

    Interesting. I thought the signing bonus was a one time check the player gets the day of signing? And then the salary was distributed over the course of 17 weeks?

  • dave

    With the new CBA, the rookie contracts are basically all slotted and there isn’t a whole lot of negotiation. They might have signed him even sooner if they had the cap space a week ago.

  • Kevin Gobleck

    to be honest i am completely happy that we’ve signed Jones i think he’ll be great, but i am happier about bell he is gunna be special.

  • steeltown

    Wow.. that was fast.. time to get to work

  • NW86

    WOW, I’m surprised they got this one done so quickly. Jones at #17 is right in the area of the cut-off, where most everyone ahead of him would have gotten fully guaranteed contracts for all 4 years. Most everyone behind him would only have the first 3 years guaranteed. I thought there could be a battleground right there and we could see this one drag on. I’ll be interested to see how much of it is guaranteed, but either way I’m glad it was a quick negotiation and JJ’s head is now fully set on learning the defense!

  • Chris Ranieri

    Thanks, Dave!