The Pittsburgh Steelers had some options, both figuratively and literally. Under the new CBA, teams could exercise a 5th-year option on all 1st round draft picks, which would keep them in their current location for one more year under their rookie contract on a prorated salary. The past two seasons the Steelers have picked up those options on Cameron Heyward and David DeCastro, but that streak is reportedly going to end.
Source: Steelers are not picking up the fifth-year option on Jarvis Jones.— Jason Mackey (@Mackey_PGH) May 2, 2016
Per Jason Mackey of DKonPittsburghSports.com, the Steelers are not planning on picking up Jones' extra year on his rookie contract.
So, what now for Jones? Jones will play out his fourth year on his rookie contract, and will become a free agent afterwards. The Steelers could still attempt to give Jones a new contract after the season, but at a more reasonable rate compared to the $8 million dollars he would be owed if the team decided to agree to the extra year.
Since Jones was drafted in 2013, his career has been extremely underwhelming. As a rookie, he was thrown into a starting role as James Harrison left the team for the Cincinnati Bengals, but it was very clear early on that his success at Georgia was not going to correlate into success in the NFL.
For the man nicknamed "Sack Man", Jones has done little of the like in the past few seasons. He had one sack in 2013, had two in an impressive start of 2014 before breaking his wrist and spending the majority of the season on short term injured reserve. 2015 saw another 2 sack performance, and it will be up to Jones to prove his worth in 2016 if he wants to hit a big pay day in 2017 -- whether that is with the Steelers or another NFL franchise.