Just over a week has passed since the NFL season has passed, and just 29 more Sundays until the next NFL season will begin. In the meantime, I’ll be bringing you my fourth edition of Free Agency Focus. In this installment, I’ll bring to you an option the Chiefs could go with, to strengthen the defensive line. Ravens Defensive End Arthur Jones.
Arthur Jones is not as widely known, as some of the other Free Agents. Rotoworld has Jones ranked as the 6th best defensive end to hit the market this off-season (They have current Chief Tyson Jackson, ranked 10th at the position.). If they let Tyson Jackson walk, Jones would likely demand a higher contract, but at the same time, could improve the defensive line.
Jones stands at 6’3″, and a bulky 315 pounds. He was taken in the 5th Round of the 2010 Draft out of Syracuse, by his current team the Baltimore Ravens. While at Syracuse, Jones was a member of the All Big East Teams, three consecutive years (2007-2009). Jones was also a member of the Ravens team, which won Super Bowl XLVII, defeating the San Francisco 49ers.
Despite starting in 14 games in the 2011 season (his second season), Jones recorded just 20 tackles, and wasn’t able to come up with a single sack. However, Jones would have much better seasons in 2012 and 2013. He recorded what is his career high in sacks (4.5) in 2012, and his career high in tackles came in this past season with 53.
Jones has also proven to be a durable player. In each of the last three seasons, Jones has played in at least 14 games, including all 16 games during the Ravens Super Bowl run. Durability is a great asset to have at such a tough, grind it out position such as defensive end. Also, after posting arguably his best season in 2012, he followed it up with another solid season in 2013, showing positive signs of consistency. If the Chiefs are unable or unwilling to bring back Tyson Jackson, I would recommend they attempt to bring Arthur Jones aboard.