Miami Dolphins safety Reshad Jones will not take part in the team's mandatory minicamp, according to NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport. Jones has already skipped the team’s voluntary offseason workouts, including the Organized Team Activities over the past three weeks, as he makes a statement about his current contract.
#Dolphins S Reshad Jones skipped all of OTAs, and I'm told his holdout is expected to continue through minicamp. He'd face fines, of course.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) June 13, 2016
Jones has two years remaining on his current contract, a deal that will pay him about $7 million a season over both years. He is currently looking for a new contract that will pay him in the $10 million a season range, a mark that would put him among the elite safeties in the league.
Jones can be fined for any missed days of minicamp, up to around $76,000 if he misses all three practice days. Reports last week indicated Jones is threatening to sit out the entire season, but that would cost him his $7 million for this season, plus Miami could fight to recoup some of the $5 million signing bonus Jones received two years ago. The Miami Herald’s Armando Salguero indicated today that those reports were not accurate:
Report days ago that Reshad Jones might sit out season was incorrect. Undecided but highly, highly, HIGHLY unlikely.— Armando Salguero (@ArmandoSalguero) June 13, 2016
According to a tweet from the Miami Herald’s Adam Beasley, Jones may not find the leverage he thinks he has in his fight for a new contract:
Regarding Reshad Jones, the sense around the league is he badly misplayed his hand. Few if any expect him to get big raise this year.— Adam Beasley (@AdamHBeasley) June 13, 2016
One other note on Reshad Jones: He's already the highest paid strong safety in the world other than Eric Berry, who's on the franchise tag.— Adam Beasley (@AdamHBeasley) June 13, 2016