The Indianapolis Colts and former Baltimore Ravens defensive end/tackle Arthur Jones have agreed to a contract to bring him to Indianapolis.
The deal will be a little over $30 million a year for five years.
Head coach Chuck Pagano was paired with Jones for two season in Baltimore, and now the two will be reunited again as Colts. The two have a solid friendship, and Jones even shaved his head for Pagano while the coach was fighting leukemia during the 2012 season.
Jones has 8.5 career sacks and 120 total tackles. He will be expected to come in and relieve some pressure off of NFL sack leader Robert Mathis, who constantly draws double teams from opposing offensive lines.
It was clear the Colts needed to improve their run defense after the New England Patriots ran roughshod through them in the divisional playoff round in Januarry. Now GM Ryan Grigson has brought in two solid run stoppers in D’Qwell Jackson and Jones. Even if the asking price was a little high for Jones.
The Colts also signed Fili Moala to a new contract last Monday night, so for the 2014 season they seem to be better on paper. Yet, we all know that paper does not mean anything.