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Colts sign DE Arthur Jones, per report

Indianapolis has brought in defensive end Arthur Jones, who is familiar with head coach Chuck Pagano from their days together in Baltimore.


The Indianapolis Colts have signed defensive end Arthur Jones, according to Aaron Wilson of the Baltimore Sun. Exact terms of the deal have not yet been released but according to Wilson the deal is for five years and expected to be worth roughly $6 million per season.

Jones played the first three seasons of his career with the Baltimore Ravens, earning a Super Bowl ring in 2012. Jones, a New York native and brother of UFC champion Jon "Bones" Jones and New England Patriots defensive end Chandler Jones, made 53 tackles and notched four sacks last season for the Ravens, the first campaign during his career in which they failed to make the playoffs.

Head coach Chuck Pagano is very familiar with Jones, having coached him with the Ravens for his rookie season before taking the Colts' job. Indianapolis will employ Jones in the same fashion as Baltimore, as a run-stuffing, pocket-pushing end in its 3-4 scheme.

A former fifth-round pick out of Syracuse, Jones has seen his productivity rise each season playing alongside Haloti Ngata and Terrell Suggs. With the Colts, he is expected to help shore up a defense that ranked 20th in 2013.