Miami Dolphins strong safety Reshad Jones did not report for OTAs today. Jones is entering a contract year and Miami Herald Dolphin beat reporter Armando Salguero reports that his teammates may have a clue as to why. Salguero says they are speculating that he is unsatisfied with negotiations for a long term contract extension.
If this is true, I don’t blame him. The NFL is structured in a way that players have to use these means to protect their future. If injury occurs during OTAs or preseason, Jones or any other player in a similar contract scenario could find themselves with an uncertain future, having to earn another contract while time continues to tick away when it comes to their NFL shelf life.
For Jones’ specific situation with the Dolphins, it must have been nerve wracking to watch GM Jeff Ireland outspend every other GM in the league on teammates and new players while paying little to no attention to his own. Especially being a defensive player in an offseason where the Dolphins made a defensive overhaul. Top draft pick Dion Jordan is a defensive end, Dannelle Ellerbee and Phillip Wheeler were brought in at linebacker, and Brent Grimes was brought in to play corner in addition to the three DBs that were drafted.
So a few factors cannot be ignored. The Dolphins have cap space, they have money, they’re focused on defense, and Jones had a great 2012 producing 75 solo tackles and four interceptions. This should have added up to a new contract, but the Dolphins made him wait. So now they have to wait. I don’t like it, but I understand.
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