The team announced Monday the signing of their first-round pick, selected 17th overall in the 2013 NFL Draft. NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reported Tuesday that Jones' contract is a four-year deal worth $8.705 million with a $4.7 million signing bonus. Jones' contract also is fully guaranteed, which is a departure from what the past two No. 17 overall picks received from their respective teams, according to Rapoport.
This means the Steelers have reached terms with seven of their nine draft picks.
Jones was a terror in his final year at Georgia, leading the nation with 14.5 sacks and 24.5 tackles for loss in 2012. The performance earned him Southeastern Conference Defensive Player of the Year honors in 2012. Jones was a finalist for the Lombardi Trophy, Butkus Award, Bednarik Trophy, Nagurski Award and the Lott IMPACT Trophy.
Jones has the potential to be an impact player for years on Pittsburgh's defense, but it remains to be seen if he's handed a starting job as a rookie. The Steelers are known for making rookies earn starting jobs, regardless of pedigree. Jason Worilds would benefit if Jones is forced to wait.
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