INDIANAPOLIS – The NFL offseason schedule has turned its attention towards OTAs with the free agency period having quieted down significantly over the past few weeks.
Last year, the Colts still added a few free agents (Darrius Heyward-Bey, Josh McNary, Ahmad Bradshaw and Daniel Adongo) from April all the way up until training camp.
So with the heavy lifting of free agency now in the rearview mirror here is a look at the defensive additions the Colts have signed in 2014.*
ICYMI: *Here's a look at the offensive additions from the 2014 free agency class. Inside Linebacker D'Qwell Jackson (Browns)
-2013 Stats: 16 games played (16 starts) 141 tackles and 1.5 sacks.* -Career Stats:* 97 games played (96 starts) in 8 seasons. 825 tackles, 11.5 sacks and 8 interceptions.
* -Jackson's Quote to Note:* "One thing that attracted me here was the fact that I feel like it's a family environment. Everyone is on the same page and everyone has the same goals in mind and that's whatever needs to be done to win the Super Bowl. I really felt that visiting here. Chuck Pagano was great and I just got a good feeling about the situation."* -Ryan Grigson's Thoughts:* "He is a team-first guy that has been a very consistent producer on the field. The tempo, energy and determination he plays with are right up there with the best in this league. He brings a welcomed element of experience and natural leadership to our team and we are excited to add him to the strong nucleus of linebackers we currently have on our roster."
* -Outlook:* Jackson wasn't on the Colts radar initially but when the Browns parted ways with the eight-year veteran in early March, Indianapolis was ready to pounce. In Jackson, the Colts are getting a durable piece that adds another veteran voice to the Indianapolis defense. The inside linebacker spot next to Jerrell Freeman was very fluid last year with a handful of players logging at least 188 snaps. Jackson is expected to sure up that spot as he tries to experience the playoffs for the first time in his NFL career.
Defensive End Arthur Jones (Ravens)* -2013 Stats:* 14 games played (13 starts). 53 tackles and 4.0 sacks.
* -Career Stats:* 46 games played (20 starts) in 4 seasons. 120 tackles and 8.5 sacks.* -Jones' Quote to Note:* "Chuck Pagano, he's a guy who was my defensive coordinator, as you guys know. He brought so much passion to the game and a guy that loved his job and really loved football. Anytime you have a coach like that, that loves to win, you would love to go to war for him. Every single day, I enjoyed him. He's a great coach, had an open door policy. He's always been that type of guy. It was definitely a no brainer when the time came."
* -Ryan Grigson's Thoughts:* "He is an outstanding producer down after down versus the run and pass. 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."* -Outlook:* Ryan Grigson wanted to add some beef up the middle of the Colts defense and Jones is the largest part of that achievement. Jones is another versatile part that will be added to the Colts three-man defensive front. On passing downs, the 315-pound Jones has the ability to slide even further inside and push the pocket back. In Jones, the Colts are adding one more player who has reached the game's pinnacle and is itching to get back to the peak.