Report: Reshad Jones may sit out season if Dolphins do not offer new contract
The Miami Dolphins may have a significant problem on their hands, with safety Reshad Jones reportedly contemplating sitting out the season if the team does not give him an improved contract.
The Pro Bowl safety has thus far skipped all voluntary workouts to protest his current contract, and sources told Omar Kelly of the Sun-Sentinel that Jones is considering sitting out the entire 2016 season if he does not get the deal he wants, despite already being the seventh highest paid player on the team and the eighth best paid safety in the league.
Jones reportedly wants a deal that will put him in the same financial bracket as elite defensive backs such as Earl Thomas and Eric Berry, said to be somewhere in the $10 million per year range. Jones would be set to make $7.25 million in 2016 under the terms of his current deal. Berry is also working on a contract extension with the Chiefs.
The team has thus far not made much of Jones’s absences. The real concern will begin if he begins skipping mandatory minicamps, the first of which begins June 14.
Jones may be bluffing, because he’s not exactly hurting for money on his current contract. $7.25 million is a lot to forfeit, and that doesn’t even include the fines that would be handed down if he skipped the team’s mandatory preseason and offseason activities.