INDIANAPOLIS – Spoken like a true 315-pounder, Arthur Jones couldn’t wait for dinner on Tuesday night.
The food was the obvious part but Jones was more anxious to catch up with a old friend and his new head coach, Chuck Pagano.
Back in 2012, Jones shaved his head in support of his old defensive coordinator and when the chance rose to join forces again, the decision was not difficult.
“It’s a blessing. It truly it is,” Jones said on SIRUS XM Radio of playing again for Chuck Pagano.
“I had the opportunity to be reunited with my old defensive coordinator, a guy that brought so much passion every single day to work and someone who I loved playing for. Once I had that opportunity, the first day when they were allowed to negotiate, it was a no brainer.”
For the last four seasons, Jones has been a part of one of the best defensive fronts in football.
He was a versatile part of the Ravens three-man defensive line and showed the ability to line up in multiple spots.
Pro Football Focus had Jones ranked as the fourth best available interior defensive lineman in the 2014 free agency class and the Colts wasted no time in showing their desire for the 27-year old.
“(Jones) is an outstanding producer down after down versus the run and pass,” Colts general manager Ryan Grigson said in a team release. “He's a guy who plays at a championship level week after week and lays it on the line every time he steps out on the field. He is a great fit for our team.”
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Jones is expected to fit right in with a defensive line group that already includes veterans
When Jones arrived to his new home on Tuesday his grin got even wider when he saw Redding, his former teammate in Baltimore.
“I felt like this was home,” Jones told SIRIUS. “It was kind of like the first day of school, you look for a familiar face.
“(Redding) was a guy who was a mentor for me to me in Baltimore. He helped me develop as a player and as a man. Anytime I needed anything, I would call and ask him for his opinion. Just to have the opportunity to play with him again is awesome. He’s just as excited as I am and we can’t wait to terrorize running backs and quarterbacks together.”
Back in 2012 when Redding made the move to Indianapolis with Pagano, the 11-year veteran talked about how big of a factor Chuck’s presence played in his decision.
Those same thoughts were echoed on Tuesday night as Jones showed his gratitude for his new head coach.
Jones said the two would definitely reminisce about old memories at dinner before delving into life inside the Horseshoe.
“I’m excited to make new memories in Indianapolis.”