Jarvis Jones The Latest Steeler Seeking Fresh Start In Arizona

The Pittsburgh Steelers have hosted four free agents over the course of the past two days. Two of them signed with former teams immediately following the visit, or during the actual visit itself.

They have now nearly lost that same number of free agents as well following former first-round selection Jarvis Jones agreed to terms on a one-year contract with the Arizona Cardinals, also affectionately known as Steelers West.

The Cardinals have over the course of the past decade relied upon more former Steelers players and coaches than the Patriots rely on Rutgers players, and I think that’s saying something. Not that they have signed any superstar talent outside of Alan Faneca, who was signed after leaving the Jets.

Do not expect Jarvis Jones to buck the trend in spite of his previous pedigree. After all, he failed to amount to much while with the Steelers—in fact, he is the first-round pick who has spent the least amount of time with the team since they traded Santonio Holmes to the Jets for a fifth-round pick in 2010.

Even if he might not become a Pro Bowler in Arizona, however, he does have an opportunity to get the proverbial ‘fresh start’ and make a name for himself without the shadow of the ‘bust’ tag looming over his head and the rampant cold shoulder from the fan base that no doubt has not been easy to deal with over the years.

Jones has only managed to notch six sacks over the course of his four seasons, which by any stretch of the imagination is a significant disappointment for a player who was quickly installed into the starting lineup with a first-round pedigree at an edge-rushing position.

Can he possibly get more sacks in another system? Perhaps. The Cardinals are more likely to attempt to put him into situations that maximize his chances of success more frequently. He will also likely be asked to drop into coverage less frequently.

It will be interesting to see what sort of contract Jones has signed with Arizona, as it should be a pretty good indicator of what sort of role he is expected to play this year. Given that it was his first visit and he signed it quickly, I would be inclined to believe that it is a reasonable ‘prove it’ deal with decent money with all factors being considered.

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  • VaDave

    Best wishes J.J.!

  • Reg Sayhitodabadguy Hunt

    Shouldn’t we get a 3rd round comp pick next yr for Jarvis thought we should get a 3rd for wheaton too

  • Zarbor

    Steelers West?…..or Arians shopping spree continues.

  • Darth Blount 47

    His legacy here in Pittsburgh will go down as a truly perplexing blend of “What the… Where the… How the… Why the… Who the… When the…”

  • RickM

    I’m surprised it’s a one-year deal, but thinking about it it makes sense. Maybe in a different role he can accomplish more and set himself up for 2018 free agency. It’s unlikely, but possible.

  • blackandgoldBullion

    Cards has been stellar over the last few years and certainly much better than the Steelers. JJ may get lucky and pile up some stats just being lucky and surrounded by these guys. Good. Perhaps it can help get the Steelers a comp pick.

  • falconsaftey43

    Well I doubt he’ll play much OLB with Chandler Jones and Marcus Golden already there and way better players.

  • ATL96STEELER

    After losing Campbell, clearly Zona needs somebody on the edge…they got a body…being a UGA guy I’ve always wanted to see him do well…was not to be in PIT, but wish him well in AZ.

  • ATL96STEELER

    Yes, a different role could help. I’ve known about him since his SC days and certainly UGA…good football player, teammate, but just not the athlete to be an impact edge player at this level.

  • Paddy

    Wish him well, hope he becomes all pro out there, nice guy. Once a Steeler always a Steeler!

  • Matthew Marczi

    3rd-round comps don’t come cheaply. Jones only signed a one-year deal and it’s probably for not more than a few million. Maybe a 6th-rounder. Wheaton’s contract will probably yield a 5th-rounder, as will Timmons’.

  • LucasY59

    and since the only signing is Hunter so far they should get all of them

  • Reg Sayhitodabadguy Hunt

    I thought Rd they was drafted and whether or not the start and the only reason why we don’t have a 3rd for Timmons was because of age or something but thanks for clearing that up for me

  • Matthew Marczi

    The player’s draft pedigree doesn’t factor into the comp pick formula. The primary factor is the value of the contract they end up signing, and playing time and performance could also factor into it if they are exceptionally notable one way or another.

  • Douglas Andrews

    Hope the fresh start helps Jarvis. Seems like a good dude good teammate just didnt develop into the pass rusher I envisioned. Good luck to him.

  • Kevin Schwartz

    Yup, best for all involved I think. He needs a fresh start without the expectations of a first round pick.