Being a first-round pick in 2013, LB Jarvis Jones hasn’t even come close to living up to his potential.
For me, whenever I hear the name Jarvis Jones, I shake my head. I feel like this guy was a solid pick when the Steelers selected him in the first-round of 2013 NFL Draft.
But since arriving in Pittsburgh, for one reason or another, Jones hasn’t looked like a Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker. In his 3 seasons in the NFL, Jones has only registered 87 total tackles, 5 sacks, 2 forced fumbles, and 1 interception.
I’m usually the guy that makes camp in the “let’s give this guy more time,” which is exactly what I did with Jones. But it seems he hasn’t taken advantage of that time. According to Jeremy Fowler of ESPN, the Steelers declined exercising the fifth-year option on Jarvis Jones, which will lead to Jones becoming an UFA at the end of the 2016-17 season. The option would’ve paid Jones $8.4 million in 2016. If that would’ve happened, you’d see Steelers Nation rioting in the streets, and flipping cars over.
Paying a guy that much money with only 5 sacks in three seasons was just not going to happen.
Now, what could happen, is Jones playing well this next season, and him getting a good to decent contract next season. I think I speak for Steelers Nation when I say, we’re not holding our breath.