Arizona Cardinals To Sign OLB Jarvis Jones

Jarvis Jones has found himself a new home. I’ll give you one guess. Or, uh, you could read the headline.

The former first round pick is signing with the Arizona Cardinals, per NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport.

Jones never panned out in Pittsburgh, racking up six measly sacks in his Steelers’ career and never more than two in a regular season. There was no question the team would let him hit free agency and they’ve known the writing was on the wall for some time, refusing to pick up his 5th year option last year.

To be fair, Jones was Ziggy Hood-ish. Good against the run, a high motor, and just a bad fit for the Steelers’ system. It’s also reasonable to wonder how much he was hurt by an elbow injured suffered his rookie year, playing with a brace for basically the rest of his career.

The Steelers will look to get a comp pick from him for the 2018 draft. With Lawrence Timmons and Markus Wheaton signing deals and expected to have big roles on their respective side of the ball, the Steelers could be looking at several extra selections next year.

Jones’ failure is one large reason why the Steelers lack EDGE depth and why it’ll be one of the top positions they’ll address in this year’s draft.

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  • Spencer Krick

    He’ll have a great time not getting to the QB in AZ.

    Seriously, best of luck JJ!

  • Randy

    Oh boy there goes our SB#7

  • ScullNCrossbones

    Addition by subtraction

  • SmellyHobo

    But we will fill his spot on the roster as the new punching bag?

  • PaeperCup

    Not sure why but I read this in Billy Crystals voice…..maybe its a subconscious reaction to his “have fun storming the castle” in Princess Bride.

  • Darth Blount 47

    “Excellent, Bruce… Excellent.”

  • steelburg

    I was definitely not a fan of Jarvis, but I wouldn’t be surprised if he actually plays a little better with Arizona. He won’t have the pressure to be a star at the position and he won’t be expected to do a ton. I think he could play a lot more relaxed and free knowing he is the back up with little expected of him.

  • george

    Him and Timmons together should get us a nice comp pick next year no?

  • NinjaMountie

    Timmons can get us no better than a 5th. We’ll see how Jarvis does. There is also Wheaton.

  • PaeperCup

    If Jarvis gets us a good comp pick….well I just wouldn’t know what to think anymore.

    I think Wheaton will

  • Steve Johnson

    Pittsburgh West

  • Jason

    Nobody asked him to be a star in Pittsburgh. 6-8 sacks a year would have been enough to keep most fans off his back. If you can’t play with a little pressure on you then good riddance fella.

  • Jason

    Only without all the success.

  • SeventhHeavan


  • The Sun is Pro-Black

    Prediction: He will tally a career high sack total next year.

  • JB Burgess

    Ziggy Hood and Jarvis Jones. SMH… Colbert and Co. #trash

  • Matt Rippin

    Arizona’s fetish for Steelers’ castoffs was once gratifying, then quaint, but now it’s just getting weird.

  • Jason

    You gotta b kidding right?

  • JNick

    Maybe a 5th at best for Wheaton and Jarvis depending on the contracts

  • JNick


  • steelburg

    No one had to ask him to be a star. He was drafted in the first round to an organization that is known for sacking the QB and is built on its linebacker tradition. Those 2 factors alone put the pressure on him. He failed miserably at even sniffing the linebacker legacy in Pittsburgh and I for one am glad he is gone. But I’m also interested to see what he does without the pressure on him.

  • gdeuce

    depends on who we sign and how big the contracts are

  • dany

    So they wont resign Okafor, sign him steelers!

  • gdeuce

    he might have a lot more sacks in that division, because they have collectively worse o-lines

  • dany

    You obviously havent seen the real trash some teams draft. If Ziggy and Jarvis are the “worst” they can do they’re doing pretty amazin

  • Beaver Falls Hosiery

    Yoi; I know that Jarvis Jones was not dominating but just seems like the Steelers are losing depth. I will trow up if he gets 6 sacks with the Cardinals. Jones peaks at # 254 on my all-time Steelers list.

  • ScullNCrossbones

    Different kind of pressure now. pressure to stay employed.

  • steelmann58

    the comp picks are bulding

  • steelersfan

    See guys? Free agency isn’t all bad

  • Matt Manzo

    I would’ve been ok with a decent depth contract to get him back. But I bet he wanted a fresh start somewhere.
    Just reenforces the need to double dip this year.

  • The Sun is Pro-Black

    Whoa, let’s not get carried away here.

  • steelburg

    I agree. But his experience along with him being soild for the most part against the run should at least keep him employed for awhile even if it is at the back of a teams OLB depth chart.

  • walter

    I hope he got a huge contract

  • walter

    Finally some good FA news

  • LucasY59

    I was looking at FA contracts signed and noticed Wheat and Brandon Marshall pretty much got identical deals! that seems crazy to me (but its probably because I wanted the Steelers to sign Marshall, and knew that Markus had no chance of re-signing)

  • LucasY59

    Cockrell has already fallen into that spot, as well as Green and Golson (Bryant and Coates are waiting in the wings as well)

  • dany

    so 2.5

  • Jeff Papiernik

    Keep those comp picks coming

  • Ryan Alderman

    Mark Madden saying Steelers been with Hightower now today for seven hours. Bet he signs!

  • stan

    That’s great news. I was afraid he wouldn’t sign early enough to figure into the comp pick formula.

  • Ryan Alderman

    Yeah, maybe it was time.

  • Jeff Papiernik

    I think he’s going to New Orleans

  • T R

    bet he don’t.. he just buttering up the Patriots to go running back to them or sign for just money with the Jets or somewhere.

  • RickM

    Good for him. Can’t say thanks for the memories JJ, but I hope you do well.

  • gdeuce

    he already signed with NO earlier today

  • Ryan Alderman

    You may be right.

  • Brian Tollini

    “If you have ever played for Pittsburgh, lived in Pittsburgh, visited Pittsburgh, talked about Pittsburgh, smell like Pittsburgh, or can spell Pittsburgh, we’ll take ya!” -Arizona Cardinals

  • LucasY59

    thats more like it

  • LucasY59

    he cant fly back to NE (snowstorm)

  • Alex K

    Jarvis was nothing like Ziggy Hood. Jarvis was a MUCH higher pick. He WASN’T good against the run and in no way was his effort or “motor” exceptional. I’ve never heard anyone say that his elbow brace was holding him back.

    Jones had limited size, strength, and speed. The scouts/coaches/FO should have seen his failure coming but they were so desperate for an OLBER they ignored the flags.

    I’m sure he’s a nice guy, but lets not sugar coat his play. The guy isn’t very good at pro football and our system wasn’t the problem.

  • budabar


  • Michael James

    They’re probably torturing him until they get every information he can give them about the Pats…

  • Brian Tollini

    Both first rounders, so not really that much higher. 15 spots or so? I thought Jarvis was very solid against the run, seemed to set the edge well. That, unfortunately is as far as it went though,

  • Ike Evans

    Of course they did

  • Steel Your Face

    Stillers West…!

  • Dan

    15 spots in the first round is pretty significant. I remember that being the highest pick we’d had in quite some time, so I too had pretty high expectations. At least he did give a few decent plays here and there…and we did get Bell in the next round.

  • StarSpangledSteeler

    Over the years I have been a very vocal critic of both Ziggy Hood and Jarvis Jones. They were both poor draft choices (and I said so from the beginning). One was all stats and no physical traits. The other was all physical traits and no stats. And Tomlin prolonged matters by continuing to start them.

    The drafting fault lies with the entire Steelers organization (not just Colbert). The owner, the GM, the head coach, the defensive coordinator, the position coaches, the scouts. But ultimately the buck does stop with Colbert. He missed on those two picks, plain and simple. But look at his record overall…

    2016 – Artie Burns
    2015 – Bud Dupree
    2014 – Ryan Shazier
    2013 – Jarvis Jones
    2012 – David DeCastro
    2011 – Cam Heyward
    2010 – Maurkice Pouncey
    2009 – Ziggy Hood
    2008 – Rashard Mendenhall
    2007 – Lawrence Timmons
    2006 – Santonio Holmes
    2005 – Heath Miller
    2004 – Ben Roethlisberger
    2003 – Troy Polamalu
    2002 – Kendall Simmons
    2001 – Casey Hampton
    2000 – Plaxico Burress

    By my count, Colbert’s record is 13-4 in the first round. That’s 76%. And almost all of those picks were in the back half of the round. And half of those “hits” were pro bowlers.

    Overall, Colbert has done a pretty good job.

  • Jason Vancil

    He won’t be any better. He is what he is.

  • StarSpangledSteeler

    I’ve always been a critic of Jarvis’ football abilities, but I’ve never bashed him personally. He’s always been a good teammate and a good person off the field. And, like you, I sincerely wish him luck in his new endeavor… (But I am glad it’s not with us, both for salary cap reasons and player development)

  • treeher

    Debby says “I want a raise.”

  • treeher

    Deebo says “I want a raise.”

  • SkoolHouseRoxx

    Congrats, Jarvis! I wish you the best!

  • michael young

    Great! Now who is everyone gonna bit_h about? We must now look to free agency to find a new scapegoat for our sorrows.

  • RickM

    Timmons gone, Jones gone…the pickings are getting slimmer. Ladarius Green continues in the No. 1 spot. But Gay and Cockrell have moved into 2 and 3.

  • Tom Sav

    Of course they are….

  • Rotten Sircus

    My thoughts exactly !!!

  • MC

    Ziggy was better value than Jones.
    I knew the day we drafted Jones it was a wasted pick, at least we will get a decent comp pick though!

  • Rotten Sircus

    LMFAO …

  • redneckprof

    Hurray! Worst first round pick of last ten years. Couldn’t be happier.

  • Zarbor

    I agree. If you are a first round pick as a LB at the place known for great linebackers, on a team in need for a great LB, replacing a great LB at your position, how in the world can anyone says there is no pressure to be a star.

    The added pressure was clearly an issue but even bigger of an issue is that his game didn’t translate well to the NFL. No matter where he goes, he has to change his game on how he rushes the passer. Not sure who made this pick. Butler? Tomlin? Colbert?

    Can’t afford to miss on another one in the first round. Hurts the team for several years. Dupree looks like he will work out and interested to see where Chickillo goes from here who had little to no pressure. Looked better than Jarvis so, best that he went elsewhere.

  • gentry_gee

    Total BUST of a pick.

  • Iulo

    you forgot Landry Jones… according to some fans he deserves a place within the first three

  • Conserv_58

    Uh, Jarvice and Ziggy were both first round picks that turned out to be the wrong fits in their base 3-4 defense. That’s more about Colbert’s and his scouting staff’s failure to properly evaluate them.

  • Conserv_58

    Jarvis was a decent player as long as he didn’t have to engage a tackle. Jarvice’s biggest problem, as a pass rusher, was he lacked the core strength to be able to take on NFL level tackles and win. From the moment I saw him I said, this guy is surprisingly too thin and lacks the muscle mass and bulk to be an effective pass rusher at this level. My concern was justified every time he got stone walled and tossed aside by a LT. It didn’t matter how many moves, Joey Porter taught him, Jarvice was physically too weak to play the OLB position.

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  • Conserv_58

    I think you are correct, especially reading how the jets have a huge man crush on him and are prepaired to overpay for him.

  • Conserv_58

    What depth? It sure wouldn’t be as an OLB because he’s too physically weak to be an effective pass rusher.

  • Conserv_58

    Apparently you don’t pay attention. There is the number of Browns’ first round picks that are no longer with them, Ryan Leaf, RGIII …

  • Conserv_58

    Timmons, being a ten year veteran, will not net anything more than a fifth round pick. Jarvice, being a first round pick in his fifth year, might net at best, a fourth round pick. I’m not quite sure because the NFL’s formula for awarding compensatory picks is puzzling at best.

  • Conserv_58

    Marshall is 33 years old and his arrow is pointing down while Wheaton is still young and his arrow is pointing up.

  • Conserv_58

    Nobody asked him to be a star? Not buying that. IMO, the vast majority of fans “expected” him to be a star by the mere fact that he was a first round pick at one of the most storied and high profile positions on the team.

  • Ryan Alderman

    Yeah, it was time. 😉

  • Conserv_58

    If he couldn’t handle the pressure of being a first round draft pick, playing the linebacker position, on the one team renouned for consistently fielding outstanding LB’s, then he shouldn’t have been drafted in the first place.

  • LucasY59

    I dont have a porshe to bet (and neither does Brandon) but Im pretty sure he would be more than willing to make the same bet he did with Wheat this yr (and would actually win this time) AB can hold the keys

  • steelburg

    There is no arguing that.

  • steelburg

    I agree.

  • Zarbor

    Bruce Arians…that’s why its weird.