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Arthur Jones gets $10 million guaranteed at signing

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Since NFL contracts aren’t fully guaranteed, the most important numbers for the contracts signed in free agency are the fully guaranteed amounts.

For new Colts defensive end Arthur Jones, signed Tuesday from the Ravens, the amount he’ll certainly earn at the time he applied pen to paper is $10 million.

Per a source with knowledge of the terms, that comes from a $5.5 million signing bonus and a fully-guaranteed 2014 base salary of $4.5 million.

Jones also has $6 million in 2015 base salary guaranteed for injury only.  It becomes fully guaranteed on the fifth day of the 2015 league year.  Which means that, if Jones doesn’t suffer an injury in 2014 so serious that it prevents him from playing in 2015, the Colts can cut him after one season.

The five-year deal has a full value of $33 million.  For now, all he knows that he’s getting for certain is $10 million.

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8 Responses to “Arthur Jones gets $10 million guaranteed at signing”
  1. terripet says: Mar 12, 2014 10:44 PM

    Another great move by the colts, now get a safety and a center.

  2. olopop23 says: Mar 12, 2014 10:47 PM

    As a colts fan….perfect….saving money on back end for Luck!!!!

  3. GenXJay says: Mar 12, 2014 10:47 PM

    Irsay passed out in a bar stool about 6 hours ago.

  4. andrewluck12 says: Mar 12, 2014 10:53 PM

    great move by Grigson. this and the Jackson deal actually benefit the colts in a good way

  5. jamaltimore says: Mar 12, 2014 11:19 PM

    Class Act and someone the Ravens would like to have kept. Big Art was a 5th round pick with a bad knee and next thing you know he’s a playmaker on the Ravens II Superbowl win in New Orleans!


  6. binkystevens says: Mar 12, 2014 11:27 PM

    That’s a lot of money for a 3-4 DE run stuffer

  7. dcapettini says: Mar 12, 2014 11:33 PM

    Arthur Jones is a good player, but after watching him for four years, I wouldn’t jump for joy at signing him. He’s not much in the pass rush and did not often require a double team on run plays. A solid, journeyman lineman who probably won’t get much better than he is now. Worth $6.5m? I guess it depends. Obviously the Ravens, who aren’t exactly blessed with a surfeit of D-linemen didn’t think so. When Ozzie passes on a guy, it should give you pause. Very few Ravens free agents that signed elsewhere have earned their money; particularly on defense.

  8. floratiotime says: Mar 13, 2014 5:35 AM

    Wait till Luck finishes his rookie deal. That will end the good times, so enjoy them now Colts fans.

    Signed, Joe Flacco

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