On the NFL.com "Around The League" podcast, Chris Wesseling suggested that the Colts may be a possible destination for Ravens DE Arthur Jones. If that's the case, this will be a calculated decision led by head coach Chuck Pagano.
Jones played under the former Ravens coordinator and the two know each other well. Pagano will know exactly what Jones can bring to the table and if, like John Harbaugh suggests, he's worth the payday he's lined up to receive when free agency opens in a few days.
Jones was drafted in the fifth round by the Ravens in 2010 and helped them win Super Bowl XLVII, registering a fumble recovery as well as a sack against the San Francisco 49ers in the championship game. Jones has 120 combined tackles, 8.5 sacks and one forced fumble in parts of 46 games in his NFL career with the Ravens.
Indianapolis has a chance to beef up an ahead-of-schedule team with the huge cap space this off-season and turn this team into an AFC favorite sooner rather than later. That big chunk of cash, though, has to be managed wisely to maximize the future of this team. After signing the 30 year old D'Qwell Jackson to a four year deal, the Colts should be targeting players 28 years of age or younger, and Jones fits that category.
In my opinion, Jones is a significant upgrade over Fili Moala. If the dollars line up this is a player that the Colts should actively pursue, using the inside track that Chuck Pagano could have on his former player. That being said, the offensive line should be top priority for the Colts when the gates open up in three days time so I don't feel it a productive signing should it take away from
bolstering creating protection for Andrew Luck.
The defense has always had their holes in Indianapolis and a stellar offense has been able to carry the weight of this team through the season. GM Ryan Grigson is shifting that mentality, trading for and signing defensive players since he arrived. Bill Polian chased defensive band-aids during his tenure and it seems like Grigson wants to go after surgical repairs in consultation with his defensive minded head coach.
Pagano built a 3-4 scheme in Indy, and Jones is built for 3-4. If the ink dries on the paper with the Colts header on it, you can bet that Jones is going to be a big time player for Indianapolis, and that this decision wasn't ill-informed.
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