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Tuesday, March 11, 2014
Ravens lose first free agent in Art Jones

By Jamison Hensley

It only took about one minute into the official start of free agency for the Baltimore Ravens to lose one of their free agents.

Defensive tackle Arthur Jones signed a five-year deal that will average $6 million per season, according to ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter. He reunites with Colts head coach Chuck Pagano, who was Jones' defensive coordinator in Baltimore in 2011.

This was long expected. Jones follows the likes of Paul Kruger and Dannell Ellerbe who played so well that they priced themselves out of the Ravens' range.

In four years, Jones went from a fifth-round pick to one of the best young interior linemen in the NFL. At 28, he makes an impact against the run and recorded four sacks last season. During the Ravens' Super Bowl run, he made two key fumble recoveries.

The biggest question with Jones is how effective he'll be without Haloti Ngata drawing double-teams. Jones ranked No. 4 on my Ravens' free-agent rankings.

The Ravens have 14 other free agents: OT Eugene Monroe, WR Jacoby Jones, ILB Daryl Smith, OT Michael Oher, ILB Jameel McClain, S James Ihedigbo, CB Corey Graham, TE Ed Dickson, DT Terrence Cody, FB Vonta Leach, S Jeromy Miles, RB Bernard Scott, TE Dallas Clark and WR Tandon Doss (not tendered as a restricted free agent).