defensive lineman Arthur Jones
(97) could be fit in a 3-4 or 4-3 scheme. (David Bergman/SI)
Free agent defensive end Arthur Jones has generated plenty of interest during the NFL's negotiation period, but there is one team making a late push who could become a major player for his services when the market opens on Tuesday afternoon.
According to Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network, the Indianapolis Colts' interest in Jones is "very real" and the "interest is mutual."
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The Colts may not be able to afford Jones, who could demand more than $8 million per year, but they could have an advantage thanks to head coach Chuck Pagano. Before joining the Colts, Pagano coached Jones and the entire Ravens defense.
Jones has received interest from teams who employ both 3-4 and 4-3 schemes, but his familiarity with Pagano and his system could give Indy an advantage over the other potential suitors in negotiations.
Considering the attention that Jones has received over the weekend, he shouldn't be available for long once teams are free to sign players in the 2014 free agent class.