Miami Dolphins safety Reshad Jones is thrilled to have his contract extension in the rearview mirror because he can now concentrate on playing football at a high level and helping the team win.
“I can put this in the back of my mind and go out and just continue to play football, do what I do,” Jones said, according to MiamiDolphins.com.
The 25-year-old signed a four-year, $29 million extension ($15 million guaranteed). It is certainly a great deal for both parties as Jones is a top-notch defensive back with tremendous upside. Even though Miami had to make him one of the higher paid safeties in the league, it is certainly worth it. Jones has recorded 182 total tackles, four sacks, two forced fumbles, three fumble recoveries, 15 passes defended and six interceptions in 44 career games.
Many would assume the big money brings added pressure. Now that he has a new contract extension, more will be expected of him. Even though there is certainly some truth to the statement, Jones does not look at it that way.
“It takes the pressure off,” Jones told MiamiDolphins.com. “I know where my home is for the next couple of years. The sky’s the limit. I can put this behind me, this contract talk, and go out and play football.”
Play football is exactly what the Dolphins need him to do. Jones has to raise his level of play once again if Miami wants to compete in the always competitive AFC East. The Dolphins believe they have a shot to make some noise but they will need certain players to step up. Jones definitely falls in that category going forward.