The Indianapolis Colts released defensive tackle Arthur Jones, the team announced on Friday.
New Colts general manager Chris Ballard is in the midst of reshaping a defense that finished 30th in the NFL last season, so the move wasn’t surprising, as the six-year veteran was scheduled to cost the team $7.35 million next season.
The Colts signed Jones to a five-year, $33 million contract in the spring of 2014 with the expectations he would help improve their run defense.
Jones, instead, only played a total of 17 regular-season games due to various injuries, including being sidelined all of the 2015 season with an ankle injury. He took a pay cut to remain with the team last year, but ended up getting a four-game suspension during the offseason for violating the league’s policy on performance-enhancing drugs.
By releasing Jones, who had 53 tackles and 1.5 sacks during his time with the Colts, Indianapolis saves about $5.15 million in salary cap space.
Since the end of last season, the Colts’ defensive makeover has now seen the departure of Jones, Robert Mathis (retired), D’Qwell Jackson (released), Trent Cole (free agent), Erik Walden (free agent), Patrick Robinson (released) and Mike Adams (free agent).