According to Adam Schefter and several other sources, the Colts have signed former Ravens DE Arthur Jones to a 5-year contract worth around $6 million per season.
Colts are signing former Ravens DT Arthur Jones to a deal around $6 million per season, per sources.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 11, 2014
Looks like the Arthur Jones news was correct. Multiple reports now that a deal is done. Nothing official yet from #Colts.
— George Bremer (@gmbremer) March 11, 2014
Jones played his first four seasons in Baltimore and became an integral part of their offense by his second year. He started on the right side, or the defensive tackle in Pagano’s hybrid version of the scheme, last season and posted 53 tackles and 4 sacks.
Jones’s sacks came on just 238 pass rushing snaps, according to Pro Football Focus, which put him in 10th place in PFF’s pass rushing efficiency ratings for 3-4 defensive ends.
Of course, Jones’s main contribution is run defense. While Cory Redding and Ricky Jean Francois were effective against the run (more so than some people realize), Jones was 6th among 3-4 DE’s in PFF’s run stop percentage (percent of run defense snaps where a player was responsible for a defensive stop) at 10% in 260 snaps against the run. For comparison, JJ Watt had 13.7% and B.J. Raji came in at 3.8.
The closest Colt to that number was RJF, who had a 7.3, good for 17th, but with only 164 snaps against the run. Cory Redding came in 30th at 5.6% in 250 snaps, but his overall run stopping gradewas a far more impressive +16. Jones was no slouch at +12.9 against the run in 2013 (PFF).
Having another run stopper at a decent free agent price should help the Colts pass rushers on the outside, forcing teams to run in fewer situations, putting them in second and third and long, and making it easier to pressure the opposing quarterback.
There are still holes to fill, and we’ll keep everyone updated as the free agent frenzy continues.