Ravens give Arthur Jones second-round tender

AP

The Ravens have tendered restricted free agent defensive end Arthur Jones at the second-round level, Aaron Wilson of the Baltimore Sun reported Monday.

Selected in the fifth round of the 2010 NFL Draft, Jones has become a key contributor on the Ravens’ defensive line. His impact increased down the stretch in 2012, and he notched a sack and recovered a fumble in the Ravens’ Super Bowl XLVII victory. Arthur Jones is the older brother of Patriots defensive end Chandler Jones and UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones.

In addition to giving Arthur Jones a second-round tender, the Ravens did the same for tight end Dennis Pitta, a fourth-rounder in 2010.

Wilson and NFL Network’s Albert Breer also reported that the Ravens gave third-year tight end Ed Dickson an original-round RFA tender. Dickson was a third-round pick in 2010, meaning Baltimore would get a corresponding pick in 2013 if he signed an offer sheet that the club declined to match.

The success of Arthur Jones, Dickson and Pitta is illustrative to understanding how the Ravens have been consistently competitive for more than a decade. The Ravens didn’t ace the 2010 draft; second-round pick Terrence Cody has been just serviceable, and fellow second-rounder Sergio Kindle is no longer with the club (though an accident Kindle endured as a rookie can’t be overlooked in his case). However, Dickson and Pitta — selected with two of the three picks acquired from the Broncos in Denver’s trade to secure Tim Tebow — are the Ravens’ top two tight ends, and Jones looks like a player on the rise.

9 responses to “Ravens give Arthur Jones second-round tender

  1. Oz just doing his thing. All of you Raven haters can try to sew the seeds of doubts, but this team isn’t going anywhere and you know it. Just never reach the Super Bowl when the 9ers do again until your Harbaugh is gone please.

  2. Something tells me this 6th rd pick from the 49ers will be a bargain. Just another day for the best GM in the league.

  3. I have a feeling that 6th rounder will be part of a trade. Oz usually doesn’t trade away picks but he may want to move back or up in the draft if someone he’s eyeing slips or he can still get in round two. either way I don’t see him staying at 32nd pick in round 1.

  4. Pitta and Jones deserve their second round tenders. Dickson doesn’t deserve squat. I don’t know how people can continue to praise a TE with brick hands who totaled 225yds and 0 TDs in the 2012 regular season. I’d be perfectly fine picking up a third if he goes.

  5. All of this craziness with the Ravens has draft day trades written all over it. Not neccessarily to move into the first round for someone but I would imagine the Ravens will be doing some movement in this draft with 8 tradable picks and 4 comp picks to pick whoever they like at those spots.

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