Release of Art Jones is reminder Ravens typically make right call

The Baltimore Ravens typically make the correct decision when it comes to their own free agents.

If you needed another reminder of that, former Ravens' Super Bowl starter Art Jones was released by the Colts on Friday.

There was some criticism of Baltimore in 2014, when the team didn't re-sign Jones. Three years later, Jones had played only 17 games after receiving $16 million guaranteed from the Colts.

The Ravens didn't miss Jones and essentially replaced him with Brandon Williams, who recently became the NFL's highest-paid nose tackle. After Jones left, the Ravens moved Haloti Ngata from nose tackle to defensive tackle and promoted Williams to the starting lineup.

Jones was never the same player he was with the Ravens, where he had a fumble recovery and sack in Baltimore's Super Bowl victory four years ago. Even though he reunited with ex-Ravens coordinator Chuck Pagano in Indianapolis, Jones struggled to remain healthy and never lived up to his five-year, $33 million deal.

Though very few players have enjoyed great success after leaving the Ravens, here's a look at those from that Super Bowl team who signed big-money deals elsewhere (Ngata and receiver Anquan Boldin were traded and weren't factored in here):

LB Dannell Ellerbe, Dolphins (five years, $35 million): He was one of the worst inside linebackers in 2013, missed all but one game in 2014 and was traded to the Saints after a total of 16 games in two seasons with Miami.

CB Corey Graham, Bills (four years, $16 million): He was a contributor who started the past two seasons after switching to safety. Graham was released this offseason.

LB Paul Kruger, Browns (five years, $40 million): The Browns paid Kruger $27 million over three seasons and got 18 total sacks in return. He was cut during the final week of the preseason last year and now plays for the Saints.

LB Pernell McPhee, Bears (five years, $38.7 million): He has produced 10 sacks in two seasons in Chicago despite missing nine games. A knee condition could force him to be a part-time player the rest of his career.

OT Michael Oher, Titans (four years, $20 million): He struggled mightily in 11 starts in Tennessee and was released after one season with the Titans. Oher played better with the Panthers, but he's been in the concussion protocol for the past six months.

OL Kelechi Osemele, Raiders (five years, $58.5 million): He's been one of few Ravens draft picks to enjoy major success elsewhere. Osemele was a dominant All-Pro guard for the Raiders in his first season.

FS Ed Reed, Texans (three years, $15 million): He didn't last a full season with the Texans, who released him after seven games despite giving him $5 million guaranteed. One of the best safeties in NFL history, Reed finished out his final NFL season with the Jets.

WR Torrey Smith, 49ers (five years, $40 million): He managed a disappointing 53 catches for 930 yards and seven touchdowns in two seasons. Smith was cut this offseason and signed with the Eagles.

CB Cary Williams, Eagles (three years, $17 million): He was a good but not great player for two seasons in Philadelphia, where he started every game for a secondary that allowed the most passing yards in the NFL in 2013 and the second-most in 2014. Williams was out of football last season.

The Ravens watched two more homegrown players, offensive tackle Rick Wagner and fullback Kyle Juszczyk, leave this offseason. Wagner signed a five-year, $47.5 million contract with Detroit, and Juszczyk reached a four-year, $21 million deal with San Francisco. It remains to be seen whether they can break free of what has been an awful track record for Ravens free agents who go elsewhere.