Mar 242014

A 2010 5th round pick, Arthur Jones has developed from a solid reserve in 2011 on 255 snaps to a solid starter on 536 snaps to a breakout player in 2013, grading out as Pro Football Focus’ 12th ranked 3-4 defensive end. Now he reunites with his former defensive coordinator Chuck Pagano, the head coach in Indianapolis, and fills a need at 5-technique defensive end for the Colts. They needed someone to rotate with Ricky Jean-Francois and Cory Redding, especially with the latter going into his age 34 season.

However, I do think they overpaid giving Jones 33 million over 5 years with 16 million guaranteed. At his best, he’s worth that kind of money, but he’s still just a one year wonder at this point in his career. There’s no guarantee he’ll continue to be this good. He’s never played more than 536 snaps in a season and he’s never been the key cog on Baltimore’s defensive line, rotating often and playing alongside Haloti Ngata. It’s a risky contract. I had him valued in the 5-6 million dollar range yearly so 6.6 million is an overpay.

Grade: B

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