Reports were coming out of the woodwork today that the Indianapolis Colts were going to sign former Baltimore Ravens defensive end Arthur Jones. Well, just minutes into the NFL free agency period, that deal was confirmed.
Jones will join the team with a new contract and reunite with former Ravens teammate Cory Redding and former coach Chuck Pagano.
So what does all of this mean?
It’s huge for the Colts.
Jones is one of the best defensive linemen in the league, and he is going to provide some much-needed help on the defensive line. Along with Redding, the duo will be beasts for the Colts as they provide some talent and beef on a line that struggled to stop the run last year.
Jones is a 6-foot-3, 315-pound lineman out of Syracuse. He was drafted by the Ravens in 2010 and was a key contributor to the 2013 Super Bowl team. He has 120 career tackles and 8.5-sacks during his four-year career.
This move and signing of linebacker D’Qwell Jackson shows the Colts are for real about adding some beef and talent to the front seven. Now they have a big decision to make on Ricky-Jean Francois who they signed in last year’s free agency period.
Jones is going to start, so Francois will have to back him up or move to nose tackle. With the signing of Fili Moala last night, that means Francois is going to get cut or have to put up nice numbers in a reserve role. If they do keep him, it makes this Colts’ line very deep with Moala, Francois, Redding and Jones mixed with interior guys like Josh Chapman and Aubrayo Franklin.
It’s shaping to be a good offseason for Indianapolis.
Eric Smith is the Colts writer for Rant Sports. He’s covered the team since 2010 and is recognized as an accredited member of the media by the Colts. Follow him on Twitter @ericsportsguru