The Miami Dolphins began their first voluntary minicamp of the offseason, with players getting on the field and conducting team based drills. One player, however, chose to not be there, and, according to a report from the Miami Herald's Armando Salguero, he will not be at workouts any time soon.
Salguero writes that Pro Bowl safety Reshad Jones, "is sitting out today's voluntary veteran minicamp and will not report to any activity this offseason unless he gets a contract extension, a source tells The Miami Herald." Salguero further explains that Jones has no plans to attend any offseason work, and will not be at the team's mandatory minicamp without a new contract; there is no clarification of whether Jones plans to carry his holdout into training camp in July.
The team can fine Jones for missed days during the mandatory minicamp, June 14 through 16, and during training camp.
Jones is currently the ninth highest paid safety, in terms of average salary according to OvertheCap.com (including the one-year franchise tag on Kansas City Chiefs safety Eric Berry), in the NFL, and he has two years remaining on his contract. He signed a four-year extension after the 2013 season, which includes an $8.2 million salary cap number this season and an $8.0 million cap number in 2017.
Salguero states that the Dolphins have told Jones and his representatives that they plan to extend his contract, but it is likely they would like to wait until after the 2016 season, rather than setting a precedent of conducting negotiations with two years remaining on a contract.
Jones was selected to his first Pro Bowl this past season. He started all 16 games for the team, recording five interceptions with a league high two returns for a touchdown, along with 10 passes defensed, one fumble recovery, two sacks, and 135 tackles.