The Indianapolis Colts were quiet on the first day of free agency, but made some in-house moves to free up some cap space.
Colts defensive tackle Art Jones has agreed to take a $2 million pay cut, according to ESPN’s Field Yates. Jones missed all of last season with torn ligaments in his ankle that he suffered during the preseason.
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Jones was originally signed before the 2014 season, but missed seven games due to a high ankle sprain. Even after he returned, Jones was never completely healthy in 2014.
The deal frees up money for a free agent signing while making Jones earn his money by staying on the field this season. If Jones can stay healthy, the Colts will have a fairly formidable defensive line that might even be able to provide some consistent pressure on opposing quarterbacks.
As Yates stated, Jones can earn back that $2 million simply by staying healthy and playing well. We’ll update if the specific terms of the deal become available.
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