After a day of fun for the Steelers on Monday, the team will get right back to work on Tuesday. The Steelers signed three of their four remaining drafted rookes (Jarvis Jones, Le’Veon Bell, Nick Williams). The only player yet to get a contract is Oklahoma quarterback, Landry Jones.
With the $5.5 million the Steelers received on June 1, the front office got right to work on Monday. Jones is expected to get a contract very soon, and I would expect very soon so the Steelers can have all of their 2013 rookies signed in time for training camp which takes place in late July.
Landry Jones was a proven winner at Oklahoma. His record as a starter was (39-1; 3-1 in bowl games). Jones completed 63.6% of his passes thrown during his career with the Sooners. Jones also threw 123 TDs, 52 INT for a career QB rating of 141.5.
Jones was given is first shot at Oklahoma when starting quarterback Sam Bradford suffered a shoulder injury in 2009 in the opening game against Brigham Young. Jones and the Sooners lost the game, but 6’4″ 229 pound quarterback became the starter for the next four seasons when Bradford was drafted by the St. Louis Rams.
In Jones’ first full season of starting, He led the Sooners to the 2009 Sun Bowl, where the he would throw three touchdown passes to one receiver (Ryan Broyles). The win against Stanford gave Oklahoma their first win in a bowl game since 2005.
Here is just some background on the last rookie the Steelers drafted back in April that will get a contract. Jones was named after Dallas Cowboys‘ famous head coach Tom Landry. For the time being he will be a serviceable backup for Ben Roethlisberger.