Report: Steelers Free Agent LB Jarvis Jones To Visit With Cardinals

Jarvis Jones

With the first big wave of the 2017 free agency signing period now over, teams are starring to turn their attentions to lower-level, less expensive players. On Monday, Pittsburgh Steelers unrestricted free agent linebacker Jarvis Jones will reportedly visit with the Arizona Cardinals, according to Adam Schefter of ESPN.

Jones, who was drafted in the first round of 2013 NFL Draft by the Steelers, failed to have his fifth-year option picked up by the team during the 2016 offseason. The Georgia product has registered all of six regular season sacks during his first four years in the league and last year lost out on considerable playing time to veteran linebacker James Harrison.

Despite visiting with the Cardinals on Monday, Jones is reportedly still in discussions with the Steelers as well as they remain interested in possibly re-signing him, according to Schefter.

One can easily speculate at this point that if Jones were to re-sign with the Steelers it would perhaps be a one-year deal for near the minimum and with no guarantees that he would make the final 53-man roster. At this point, it will be surprising if Jones doesn’t sign with another team during the coming weeks.

As of Monday morning the Steelers have had two of their unrestricted free agents sign with new teams as linebacker Lawrence Timmons came to terms with the Miami Dolphins and wide receiver Markus Wheaton inked a two-year contract with the Chicago Bears.

  • Constantinople

    please dear LORD do not let him sign back with Pittsburgh

  • RickM

    I think he’ll probably be signed by someone for around $2M a year, and it won’t be us.

  • Darth Blount 47

    You sign that man, Bruce! YOU SIGN THAT MAN, NOW!

    Pittsburgh West is the perfect landing spot for that cactus.

  • Ralph Wagner

    Note: to Colbert and Tomlin before signing Jarvis Jones watch his tape. Waiting for this guy to improve is like beating your heads against a wall. Just don’t ask Porter for his opinion. LOL

    Move on.

  • Phil Brenneman II

    I wouldn’t mind him back at near the minimum as a depth guy. He really has flashed when he isn’t asked to carry the load. Like having another Moats.

  • VaDave

    And Moats may be the next out the door from what I’ve read.

  • Reg Sayhitodabadguy Hunt

    I rather have him than the other jones guy who’s name I won’t speak of

  • Reg Sayhitodabadguy Hunt

    It’s funny as I was typing that autocorrect wrote out joke instead

  • Daniel

    Sign with steelers west jones..we dont want ya

  • Phil Brenneman II

    So maybe even more chance of keeping the devil you know in Jones instead of finding depth outside of the team

  • NinjaMountie

    Yeah, he’s Moats….without the sacks. Nope….time to move on.

  • Michael James

    I can’t imagine the meltdown on Steelersdepot if it comes out the Steelers actually re-signed JJ…

  • VaDave

    Ah yes, the “At least he knows the system” argument. I suppose there is some truth to that, and not to discount the value in that either, but from what I’ve read, this is a pretty deep draft class for edge rushers. Having watched Jones 4 for years, I’d opt for what I don’t know.

  • Phil Brenneman II

    Not so much that he knows the system, but that we have seen him show good signs. I would never want him starting 16 games but you can say that about pretty much every backup in the NFL. I think in small doses he has shown potential as a reliable backup. And keep in mind I am not talking about paying any more than the minimum here.

  • VaDave

    I get where you are coming from, and also had thinking a minimum contract might be a good value. To your point, It’s also something you could dump in camp if we got a young gunslinger in there tearing it up.

  • Spencer Krick

    Lock him up Cardinals, 5 years $50 million.

  • Petherson Silveira

    I rather re-sign him per vet minimum than other team sign him per vet mininum and we donΒ΄t receiving a comp pick.

  • Quan Hurst

    JJ has good pass coverage I think he should sign back

  • RickM

    I wouldn’t have any problems with him coming back. I got over my disappointment in him after the 2015 season and just regarded him as a back-up player. But it seems there remains a lot of bitterness towards him.

    My bitterness is reserved for the Lamarr Woodley’s and Cortez Allen’s. Rightly or wrongly I questioned their motivation and desire. JJ always worked hard. He just wasn’t good enough to be a starter. If he returns as a back-up at a very reasonable salary, no sweat from me.

  • PaeperCup

    Arizona, where Steelers players careers go to die in peace.

  • PaeperCup

    Move JJ inside, there’s a hole there.

  • William Weaver

    Agree. If $$ is all equal I would rather have Jarvis then Moats or Chickillo.

  • The Truth

    If the Steelers sign Jones you can fully expect he will be handed the starting job again.

  • The Truth

    I wouldn’t be surprised. If the Steelers sign Jones you can fully expect he will be handed the starting job again.

  • falconsaftey43

    Actually not a bad idea. I’d like to see him play off ball where ever he ends up, I think he’ll be much better there. Maybe 4-3 SAM?

  • The Truth

    They never watched the tape before so why would they start now?

  • The Truth

    You must not watch the games.

  • William Weaver

    Lol.. for the minimum you would rather have Chickillo who couldn’t beat out Jarvis, who wasn’t producing sacks? Guess you don’t watch close enough.

  • The Truth

    Jones wasn’t given playing time or the starting job on ability. 4 years of Jones was a waste. There is no upside at all.

    Give Chickillo all of that playing time Jones received and he will produce better results. Chickillo played better than Jones this year.

  • PaeperCup

    It’s beyond my expertise, but my though is can he be any worse at ILB than he is at OLB?

  • William Weaver

    You must have been hacked.. this isn’t “the truth”. Lol.. we can disagree here. Don’t believe Chickillo will ever be a quality starter or rotation piece.

  • Rocksolid20

    Maybe Jones moves inside to replace Timmons .

  • Lee Foo Young

    Have him lose about 35 pounds and make him a safety. :). πŸ™‚

  • will

    Per the Loss to the Pats, the Steelers must change “The System”…..so not understanding The System is no longer a detriment.

  • will

    Who had more sacks in 2016…JJ or Chick?

  • Conserv_58

    Six sacks in four years and he was drafted to be a pass rushing sack machine.

  • Conserv_58

    Don’t you think both coach LeBeau and Butler have already considered that option?

  • Conserv_58

    LMAO! Do you watch games with your fingers? Jones is not better than Chickillo.

  • Conserv_58

    Jarvis was a first round pick while Chickillo was a sixth round pick. Jarvice has been with the team for four years while Chickillo has been with them for two years. Chickillo’s 2016 season was plagued with a high ankle sprain. What was Jarvice Jones’ excuse for, once again, failing to be able to secure a starting spot, especially in a contract year? Jarvice Jones is a bust. Period.

  • William Weaver

    Lol!!

  • William Weaver

    What round they were drafted means nothing now but it does alter your opinion of a player based on expectations. If you were able to strip all that away and label them thing one and thing 2 as they came to training camp, watch them practice and play in preseason games, 90% of all coaches would choose Jarvis to be on the team.

  • Ryan Alderman

    Agreed.

  • RickM

    I don’t really see him as an inside starter, but I too wondered could he play inside snaps. Others have rejected it. Can’t remember why.

  • StolenUpVotes

    from my experience coaching….it can always get worse. Even when you think it can’t lol.

  • Constantinople

    Who, landry? But….landry doesnt play the linebacker position. And he wasnt a 1st rd pick like this bozo

  • Conserv_58

    Have you interviewed the coaching staff because unless you did you can not make the claim that 90% of the coaches would choose Jarvice over Chickillo. Since we know you haven’t your argument is baseless.

    As for draft expectations, I’ve spent five days at each of the past two training camps and former #1 pick, Jarvice Jones showed nothing that would make me or anyone else think he’s better than former 6th round pick, Chickillo. If the coaching staff thought Jones was better than, Chickillo then why did they choose to play him over Jones this past season? Jones was a complete non factor in 2015, so much so that Kevin Colbert chose not to deal with his fifth year option. Instead, Colbert chose to challenge, Jones to step up his play in 2016 and earn a contract extension. As we saw, Jones failed miserably to meet that challenge.

  • Conserv_58

    You are delusional and clearly blind. The game videos speak for themselves. When he was healthy, Butler/Porter chose to play Chickillo over Jones because, Chickillo was the better and more productive option. Jones was seen standing on the sideline.

  • Conserv_58

    No. They don’t need to change the system. Colbert and his couting staff need to do a much better job of evaluating and drafting players that are good fits for their system. Drafting, Jarvice Jones, whom is obviously a very bad fit for their system, was Colbert’s biggest first round blunder since being hired in 2000.

  • ND_Steel

    Moats was a real head-scratcher this year…never seemed to get on the field.

  • ND_Steel

    I said it before, and will again…three Pro Bowl DBs picked in the first round after JJ…Reid, Trufant, Rhodes…ouch….

  • will

    They need to change the system.