Updated: Apr 7, 2021
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The Steelers announced today that they've signed outside linebacker Jamir Jones, who is the younger brother of offensive tackle Jarron Jones, who spent this past season on the Steelers' practice squad. Jones was signed by the Texans as a rookie free agent following the 2020 NFL Draft and was later waived prior to the start of the regular season.
Jones played at Notre Dame along with his brother Jarron for one year and appeared in 55 games during his four seasons in South Bend. In 2019, he played in 11 games, finishing with 50 tackles, 7.5 tackles for losses, 4.5 sacks, two forced fumbles and a fumble recovery.
The Steelers are in much need of depth at the outside linebacker position with Ola Adeniyi signing with the Titans free agency. Prior to signing Jones, Cassius Marsh and Christian Kunitz, who's also a long snapper, were the only outside linebacker on the roster besides starters T.J. Watt and Alex Highsmith.
Jones worked out at the Notre Dame pro day last month and Mike Tomlin and Kevin Colbert were in South Bend to scout draft prospects, so he must have made an impression on the Steelers brass to get offered a contract a few weeks later.
Jamir and Jarron are the third set of brothers on the Steelers' roster, along with T.J. Watt and Derek Watt and Terrell Edmunds and Trey Edmunds.