The Pittsburgh Steelers have worked out yet another contract signing today. After signing second round pick Le’Veon Bell earlier today, the Steelers have signed first round pick, outside linebacker Jarvis Jones to a four-year contract on Monday. Financial terms for the contract have not been released to this point.
“I think it’s a blessing. I wanted to get it out of the way so I can continue to focus on my career,” said Jones. “The organization and my agent did a great job of getting it out of the way so it won’t be a distraction going into training camp. I’m going to be fully focused and ready to go out there and give everything I’ve got to help my teammates.”
Jones played in a total of 34 games and started all 26 he played for the University of Georgia. He first enrolled to USC, but transferred after his first season of play. He led the nation last season in three major defensive categories, sacks (14.5) tackles for loss (24.5) and forced fumbles with 7.
After the 2012 season, Jones was named to numerous All-American first-teams. The 17th overall pick was a finalist for the Lombardi Trophy, Butkus Award, Bednarik Trophy, Nagurski Award and the LOTT Impact Trophy.
Jones will be expected to be a starting linebacker within the next couple of years with the possible departure of Jason Worilds after the 2013 season. The two should push each other to get better in the upcoming months.