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Arthur Jones Signs With Indianapolis Colts


It didn't take long for Arthur Jones to find a new team.

The former Ravens defensive end signed with the Indianapolis Colts immediately when free agency opened at 4 p.m. His deal is for five years at an average of $6 million per year, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter and The Baltimore Sun's Aaron Wilson.

Jones is joining forces with former Ravens Defensive Coordinator Chuck Pagano, who is the Colts' head coach. Pagano lured former Ravens defensive end Cory Redding to Indianapolis two years ago.

Jones, 27, was a hot item on the free agent market, and it was widely speculated that his price tag would mean he would leave Baltimore, similar to linebackers Paul Kruger (Cleveland) and Dannell Ellerbe (Miami) last offseason.

The Ravens drafted Jones in the fifth round in 2010 and he grew into a dependable, productive starter last season.

Over the past two years, in which he's started 19 games, Jones logged 100 tackles and 8.5 sacks. He recovered a fumble and notched a sack in Super Bowl XLVII. He is a strong, versatile run defender with pass rush potential.

Jones was one of the most well-liked Ravens in the locker room, and was presented with the Media Good Guy award in 2012, as voted on by reporters.

He had a tremendous work ethic and is part of a highly athletic family with younger brothers Jon and Chandler. Jon is the UFC light-heavyweight champion and Chandler is an outside linebacker for the New England Patriots.

The Ravens could add a free agent, draft a rookie or turn to defensive ends DeAngelo Tyson and Kapron Lewis-Moore to replace Jones. Both Tyson and Lewis-Moore are late-round picks who Baltimore would like to see develop similar to the way Jones did.

Tyson is a 2012 seventh-round pick out of Georgia who began to emerge last year. Playing behind Jones, he suited up for 13 games and logged 10 tackles and two sacks.

Lewis-Moore is a 2013 sixth-round pick out of Notre Dame who was recovering from a torn ACL for much of last year, then remained on injured reserve once he was healthy. He had 40 tackles, including eight and a half for loss and six sacks, during his senior season.

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