Pagano nabs another Raven

Pagano nabs another Raven
March 11, 2014, 8:30 pm
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Arthur Jones has become the latest Raven to follow Chuck Pagano to Indianapolis.

The former Ravens defensive lineman signed a five-year, $33 million deal with the Colts in the first hour of free agency on Tuesday, leaving the Ravens after four seasons to be reunited with Pagano, his former defensive coordinator with the Ravens.

Jones' departure was expected, as many teams were interested in signing the athletic, 27-year-old former fifth-round pick out of Syracuse. But perhaps his ultimate landing spot should have been expected as well. Pagano was with the Ravens for four seasons, the last as defensive coordinator and was widely respected and liked among Ravens players, including Jones.

It is a sentiment that carried over to Indianapolis, where his players rallied around Pagano and his 'Chuckstrong' movement after he was diagnosed with leukemia in 2012 in his first season with the Colts.

In fact, after Pagano was diagnosed and took a leave of absence from the team, several Colts players shaved their heads in a show of support for the coach. Jones did the same.

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""It's just hair," Jones said at the time. "It's just to show that we care and love him. A bunch of defensive linemen, we shaved our face for him. He's a great man and a great leader. He's going to be back coaching and kicking butt.

"Absolutely, this guy has so much passion and loves the sport every single day and came ready to work and had us fired up," Jones added. "I'm pretty sure that's something he brought to Indy, and I'm sure those guys are going to love him, too."

When Pagano became Colts coach in 2012, among his first signees were two former Ravens -- defensive end Cory Redding and safety Tom Zbikowski. Now a third former Raven -- all from the defensive side of the ball -- has followed Pagano to Indianapolis.