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.