Chris Ballard addressed the media today at the NFL Combine for the first time since being introduced as the Colts new general manager.
Ballard has the task of putting together a roster that has struggled in several areas over the last two seasons. One of those positions have been the defensive line. Something former GM Ryan Grigson tried to patch together for five years. One of the players that was supposed to be a key contributor was Art Jones.
And when asked about the future of Art Jones during his press conference today, Ballard did not seem keen on keeping Jones around.
On Art Jones still having a role on this team "We've got a plan going forward. Those are internal discussions".
— cover32 Colts (@cover32_IND) March 1, 2017
Back in 2014, Grigson inked Art Jones to a 5 year $33 million dollar deal. The former fifth round pick had turned into a solid starter in Baltimore. During his final two seasons with the Ravens he tallied 100 tackles, 8.5 sacks and one fumble recovery.
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He was expected to anchor the Colts defensive line for the next half decade. Instead the Colts received the complete opposite.
Jones has yet to play a full season in Indianapolis. In three seasons with the team he has appeared in 17 games and totaled just 57 tackles and 1.5 sacks. Further more, he fell out of rotation to David Parry last season when he was fully healthy.
Parry is not who you want starting at nose tackle, and likely will be cut after his arrest over the weekend.
Now it looks as though Ballard will not want Jones around either. This is a loaded defensive draft, and if he believes the Colts can easily replace him then expect Jones to be released in the coming week.