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Reshad Jones holdout about guaranteed money?

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Miami Dolphins safety Reshad Jones is skipping mandatory minicamp as a part of his displeasure with his current contract. Reports have indicated that Jones wants to see an average salary around $10 million per year, but a new report indicates it could be the guaranteed money in Jones’ contract that is more important.

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Brian Hartline. Mike Wallace. Dannell Ellerbe. Philip Wheeler. Cortland Finnegan. Brice McCain. Brent Grimes. Greg Jennings. These are all former Miami Dolphins players who are named in a fascinating look by the Miami Herald’s Armando Salguero at what could be the root cause of safety Reshad Jones’ contract hold out. While Jones, who is scheduled to make about $7 million in each of the last two seasons on his current contract, wants to see his salary bumped to the $10 million range, Salguero reports that guaranteed money is a big part of Jones’ holdout.

Salguero writes that Jones has spoken to the Dolphins, including owner Stephen Ross, about his concerns, and has stressed that seeing all of those players signed to contracts, only to be cut prior to the end of the deal - with Miami choosing to eat low guaranteed money numbers as dead money rather than pay the player a salary larger than the guaranteed money remaining - has Jones worried about his future. Salguero adds that the Dolphins and Jones are negotiating, and that there is a chance Miami could work out a new deal with their starting safety, despite most teams shying away from entering into negotiations with a player prior to the final year of a contract. This also marks at least the second time Salguero has written that both Jones and the Dolphins are working hard to make sure these negotiations and Jones’ holdout does not become hostile and contemptuous, as that will have no benefit for either side once Jones does return.

Fans feel Jones is one of the top players on the Dolphins’ roster, and that he is a big piece of the team trying to turn around a decade of mediocrity, but at some point, at least from where Jones is sitting, the Dolphins seem to weigh the cost of a player versus the savings they can get from releasing him. Jones wants to make sure he is not on the wrong end of that evaluation.

While fans are angry at Jones for not honoring a contract he signed two years ago and still has two years remaining, Jones could be simply looking to make sure the Dolphins have to honor the full contract as well.

The major reports throughout the holdout will continue to be about the increase in pay Jones wants, but the bigger part of this might be getting the Dolphins to guarantee more money for Jones, making sure the team cannot cut him whenever they want.

It is an interesting move by Jones. Check out Salguero’s article for move on the behind-the-scenes moves in the negotiations between the Dolphins and Jones.