Monday, March 10, 2014
A look at free-agent defensive tackles
By Mike Wells
INDIANAPOLIS -- The Indianapolis Colts want to improve on being 26th in the league in stopping the run last season.
There’s no better place to start than at nose tackle.
Aubrayo Franklin is a free agent after starting there last season.
The Colts are still high on Josh Chapman, but that’s a position where you need multiple bodies.
A name to keep an eye on once free agency starts Tuesday at 4 p.m. ET is Baltimore Ravens defensive tackle Arthur Jones. Colts coach Chuck Pagano is familiar with Jones from when he was defensive coordinator of the Ravens.
Jones had a career-high 53 tackles to go with four sacks last season. Franklin and Chapman combined for 44 tackles and zero sacks last season.
The Colts have the salary-cap space to pay Jones, who is only 27 years old.
“He has definitely put himself in a position that teams could definitely bid on him very high because if you put the tape on, they’re going to like him a lot,” Ravens coach John Harbaugh told reporters during the NFL scouting combine last month. “… It’s probably the one contract that he’ll have a chance to sign, a real big one. Guys that sign two big contracts, that’s very unusual. Three almost never happens, so you never feel bad about a guy getting an opportunity.”
Here’s a look at some other defensive tackles who will be on the market: