Add another to the list of players Baltimore has developed who have gone on to get a big pay day elsewhere, as the Indianapolis Colts have given defensive tackle/end Arthur Jones a nice new five-year deal worth a reported $6 million annually.
Jones, the Ravens’ 2010 fifth round draft pick and all-around good guy, played his way out of Baltimore in 2013.
After an eye-opening health scare during the 2013 preseason involving his heart, Jones rebounded by recording a career-high 53 tackles (27 solo) five for losses and four sacks, the second-highest total of his career.
The former Syracuse Orange was also credited with 15 quarterback hurries while starting a career high 13 games (played in 14 games) playing 529 snaps.
While it is unknown if the Ravens even offered Jones money to stay, his name was never really linked publicly to staying in the purple and black. In fact, it’s likely the organization knew he would command big money on the open market and never even approached Jones due to their other costly positional needs.
When not on the field Art could be found giving back to the community in which he lived. Full of smiles always, whether it was his involvement with the Casey Cares Foundation or his Christmas present collections for needy children, Jones is the definition of class.
The loss of Jones means the Ravens are seemingly comfortable with DeAngelo Tyson filling his shoes.
Tyson, a seventh round selection by the Ravens in 2012, saw action in 13 games in 2013, recording 10 tackles (a career-high nine solo), two sacks, one pass defensed and his first interception of his career.
Personally, I want to wish Art the very best and success throughout his career. It has been enjoyable to watch Jones grow before our eyes both on the field and off. First class all the way!
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