Arthur Jones expected to sign with Colts


Arthur Jones and Michael Phelps celebrated the Baltimore Ravens’ Super Bowl win in February 2013. (Jessica Rinaldi / Reuters)

Defensive end Arthur Jones has reached agreement with the Indianapolis Colts, with NFL free agency set to begin at 4 p.m. EDT.

The Baltimore Ravens knew their chances of keeping Jones were remote because he was likely to command a high price as a free agent. He had drawn interest from the Washington Redskins, Green Bay Packers, Minnesota Vikings and Tennessee Titans before reaching agreement with the Colts. The Baltimore Sun reported that he is expected to win with Indianapolis for over $6 million a year. In Indianapolis, he’d be reunited with his former Ravens defensive coordinator, Chuck Pagano, who is the head coach now.

Jones, who had 53 tackles and four sacks last season, can fit into 3-4 or 4-3 defensive schemes and tweeted last week that his time in Baltimore was coming to a close.

“It’s crazy to think this maybe my very last happy purple Friday wishes,” Jones wrote. “Hopefully not. But as we all know business is business.”

After spending most of her career in traditional print sports journalism, Cindy began blogging and tweeting, first as NFL/Redskins editor, and, since August 2010, at The Early Lead. She also is the social media editor for Sports.
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