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Report: Jarvis Jones visiting Cardinals

The Arizona Cardinals are reportedly hosting former Pittsburgh Steelers' outside linebacker Jarvis Jones for a visit on Monday.

With Chandler Jones locked up through the 2021 season and former second round draft pick Markus Golden under contract through 2018, the Arizona Cardinals have a bright future at outside linebacker.

With two of the league's top pass rushers from the 2016 campaign under Arizona's control for at least the next two seasons, the Cardinals seemingly have an embarrassment of riches in terms of pass rushers.

Still, the Cardinals are hoping to add depth to the unit, and on Monday, ESPN's Adam Schefter reported the organization is hosting free agent pass rusher Jarvis Jones for a visit. Additionally, Alex Okafor, the Cardinals' third outside linebacker in 2016, is reportedly visiting with the New Orleans Saints Monday, according to NFL.com's Ian Rapoport. 

Jones was the first round draft choice of the Pittsburgh Steelers in 2013, and has spent the last four seasons with the organization. Though Jones entered the league with high expectations, he's posted just 6.0 sacks in his four-year career and has never racked up more than 2.0 sacks in a single season. 

Though Jones started 35 of the 50 games he played in for Pittsburgh, the Georgia product has just 83 career tackles. After transferring from Southern California to Georgia in college, Jones posted back-to-back dominant seasons as he led the Bulldogs with 13.5 sacks in 2011 before besting that total with 14.5 sacks in 2012. 

The Cardinals may still hope to re-sign Okafor, but if he end up signing elsewhere, the team could wind up signing Jones. 

Okafor has spent the last four seasons in Arizona and was one of the team's primary starters at outside linebacker in 2014 and 2015, but was passed on the depth chart by Jones and Golden entering the 2016 season. After suffering a torn bicep in training camp this year, Okafor elected to play through the injury and finished the season with 3.5 sacks as a rotational pass rusher.

Okafor also filled in on special teams for the Cardinals this season, but the Texas product may be looking for an opportunity where he'd earn more extensive playing time. Okafor's best year with the Cardinals came in 2014, when he started 13 games and posted a career-high 8.0 sacks. 

One of the factors that could contribute to Okafor's ultimate decision is the type of defense teams operate. Okafor has spent the last four seasons as an outside linebacker in the Cardinals' 3-4 scheme, but New Orleans plays a 4-3 scheme and likely would ask Okafor to play defensive end. 


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