Miami Dolphins safety Reshad Jones has skipped all of the team's voluntary Organized Team Activities thus far through the offseason, and is not expected to show up the rest of this week, or next week when the team holds the mandatory veteran minicamp. Jones, who was selected to the Pro Bowl for the first time last year, wants to be paid like one of the top safeties in the league. He currently has the fourth-highest salary cap number ($8.2 million) this year at safety, behind just Jarius Byrd ($10.9 million), Eric Berry ($10.8 million), and Earl Thomas ($9.9 million).
In terms of average salary per year over the life of his contract, Jones ranks eighth at safety, with a $7 million per season average on a four-year deal he signed in 2014. Now, with two years still on the contract, Jones is looking for a new deal, increasing his per season average and looking for more years to be added to his contract.
On Monday, a new price point may be set for the Jones contract discussion:
#Vikings S Harrrison Smith signed a 5-year extension worth $51.25M source said. Full guarantee is $15.278M, total guarantees are $28.578M— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) June 6, 2016
Assuming the new money average for Harrison Smith's deal is $10.25M per year, there's a new important data point for Eric Berry talks.— Joel Corry (@corryjoel) June 6, 2016
Minnesota Vikings safety Harrison Smith, with the new contract, officially moves to the head of the safety group, becoming the highest paid safety on a long-term contract. Berry, the Kansas City Chiefs' safety, is currently scheduled to make $10.8 million this year after being franchise tagged in the offseason. He is working a new contract, and is expected to become the highest paid safety whenever the long-term deal is completed.
Jones wants to land somewhere in that neighborhood. Miami would likely prefer to not deal with Jones on a new contract this year, with teams typically looking to not offer new contracts to players who have two years remaining on his current deal. If the do decide to negotiate, the Dolphins could look to add some time and a little money to the contract if they want to end any holdout quickly, but it could come down to how dug-in on the final value Jones is.
Is Jones, who rightfully could be considered one of the top safeties in the league, worthy of a contract in the $10-million-per-year range? Should he be paid like Smith and Berry, as well as Earl Thomas, who also reaches the $10 million a year mark?