The agent for Ravens defensive tackle Arthur Jones said the free agent-to-be is going to be a “busy guy” when free agency begins Tuesday.
Jones, brother of Patriots defensive end Chandler Jones, has been shown initial interest by the Titans, Giants, Redskins and Vikings, according to reports.
Joe Panos, Jones’ agent, wouldn’t specify the teams who’ve contacted him regarding Jones, noting that teams don’t want their free-agent targets to be unveiled.
The Patriots are a team that instructs agents to dummy up. They are also a team that could be in the market for a player like Jones who can play in either a 4-3 or 3-4 and had 53 tackles and four sacks last season.
But any Jones courtship may need to wait. The Patriots will need resolution on Vince Wilfork first.
Until the team determines whether Wilfork’s cap number is dropping this season and how long into the future he’ll remain if he extends his deal, they’ll probably be slow to move on a top-tier free agent.
Those deliberations are ongoing.
But Wilfork is smart to take his time. Given the fat deals which will be handed out when free agency starts and the $133 million (and rising) salary cap is being utilized, the price for player services in 2015 and beyond is going to spiral.
Wilfork doesn’t want to be playing for less than half of some mediocre player in 2015 and 2016 regardless of Wilfork’s age in those seasons.
Red Bryant, the 29-year-old DT formerly of the Seahawks signed for four years and $17 million with the Jaguars this weekend. That’s not likely going to be enough for Wilfork.
But with the early interest in Jones, the Patriots may not have time to wait if they want him.