The fifth-year option will run the Steelers $8.3 million in 2017, but is guaranteed only for injury and won’t prevent them from working on a long-term extension over the next year.
Jones, 26, was taken with the No. 17 overall pick back in 2013. He’s in the final year of his four-year, $8,705,502 rookie contract and stands to make a base salary of $1,592,115 for the 2016 season.
In 2015, Jones appeared in 15 games for the Steelers and recorded 29 tackles, two sacks, an interception, two fumble recoveries, a forced fumble and two pass defenses. Pro Football Focus has him rated as the No. 67 edge rusher out of 110 qualifying players.