The Pittsburgh Steelers have released EDGE rusher Jamir Jones, the team announced Wednesday morning.
Jones was an exclusive rights free agent who signed his one-year deal with the team on February 27th, making his release today a little surprising.
Jones appeared in all 17 games for the Steelers last season, primarily playing on special teams but also seeing 86 defensive snaps after injuries hit the team’s EDGE room. He finished 2022 with 10 tackles and one pass deflection. Undrafted out of Notre Dame, he was signed by Pittsburgh in 2021 and had an impressive summer, initially making the team by beating out sixth-round pick Quincy Roche. Jones was released later in the year and spent time with the Los Angeles Rams and Jacksonville Jaguars before making his way back to Pittsburgh.
For his career, Jones has 20 tackles and a pair of QB hits.
EDGE depth remains a concern for the team with little behind T.J. Watt or Alex Highsmith. The Steelers brought Bud Dupree in for a visit weeks ago but no deal was struck, though one could occur later in the offseason. Pittsburgh may also look to the draft to improve depth, though their pre-draft interest in the position has been light. There’s also the versatile DeMarvin Leal, who played EDGE rusher and DT for the team as a rookie last season.