Thursday, March 13, 2014
Arthur Jones: No-brainer to sign with Colts
By Mike Wells
INDIANAPOLIS -- Defensive end or defensive tackle?
New Indianapolis Colts defensive lineman Arthur Jones can play both positions, but he’s not tipping his hand on which one he’ll play more next season.
“I’m not going to give anything away,” Jones said on a conference call with reporters Thursday. “You guys are going to have to wait until training camp to find that out because I don’t want anything out that [coach Chuck Pagano] doesn’t want out.”
Jones will help the Colts no matter if he plays defensive end or tackle. He called it a “no-brainer” to sign with Indianapolis once he hit the free-agent market. He signed a five-year, $33 million contract earlier this week.
The winning tradition and familiarity with Pagano and fellow defensive lineman Cory Redding made it an easy decision for Jones. Pagano was Jones’ defensive coordinator and Redding was a teammate of his during his rookie season with the Baltimore Ravens.
“It’s always easy to go to a place where you see and know familiar faces,” Jones said. “It’s kind of like the first day of school. You are waiting at the bus stop looking for someone you know. [Pagano] brought so much passion to the game and a guy that loved his job and really loved football. Anytime you have a coach like that, that loves to win, you would love to go to war for him.
“[Redding] was my mentor in the big brother program they had in Baltimore. He was a guy that helped me mature and showed me the ropes, how to be a professional.”
Jones was real coy in talking about where he’ll play with the Colts next season. He did at least acknowledge that he spent more time playing defensive tackle last season with the Ravens when he had 53 tackles and four sacks. That’s good news for the Colts because they need help stopping the run up the middle. The Colts were 26th in the league in stopping the run last season.
“Yeah, I would say that’s safe to say, definitely,” Jones said when asked if he was brought here to help stop the run. “But you never know, though, you may see me on passing downs, too.”