The Indianapolis Colts and defensive lineman Arthur Jones have agreed to terms on a pay cut what will lower Jones’ salary in 2016 from $4.5 million to $2.5 million. According to ESPN’s Field Yates, Jones will be able to earn that $2 million back via incentives.
Source: Colts DT Arthur Jones took a payout from $4.5M to $2.5M for 2016. Can make the $2M back through per roster bonuses & incentives.
— Field Yates (@FieldYates) March 10, 2016
It isn’t at all a surprise that the Colts would cut Jones’ pay this year, as his time in Indianapolis hasn’t exactly been memorable since he signed a five-year, $30 million deal with the Colts in 2014. He missed all of last season with an ankle injury and only appeared in nine games in 2014 and had just 23 tackles with 1.5 sacks and a forced fumble, not exactly the expected numbers from someone expected to play a major role on the defense.
The good news is that Jones is still young, turning 30 in just a few months, and should have every opportunity to regain playing time. Moreover, he isn’t being singled out with his pay cut, as Indianapolis did the same to Trent Cole so key players in Dwayne Allen and Adam Vinatieri could be re-signed.
That said, barring another injury-riddled season, don’t be shocked if a name you hear often out of Indy next season is that of Jones.
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