Dolphins safety Reshad Jones wants a new contract. He’s staying away from voluntary offseason workouts in the hopes of getting it done. He may be willing to stay away from a lot more than voluntary offseason workouts.
Omar Kelly of the South Florida Sun Sentinel reports that Jones is considering sitting out the entire 2016 season if the Dolphins don’t give him a new contract.
The next indication regarding whether Jones would hold out into the season will come on June 14, when the Dolphins convene for a mandatory minicamp. If Jones isn’t there, the situation will take on a more ominous vibe.
Meanwhile, other Dolphins are looking forward to the return of their Pro Bowl teammate.
“He’s a great player. I can’t wait to learn from him,” Isa Abdul-Quddus said regarding Jones, via Kelly. “I watched him. I’ve seen him last year. He killed it. . . . I’ve been watching him. I always make sure I take into account good safeties. I know he’s a physical dude. I can’t wait for him to bring that energy to the field.”
Jones is signed through 2017, at a base salary of $7.225 million this season and $7.06 million next year. He’ll forfeit his salary, at $425,176.47 per week, if he sits out the season. He would also owe the Dolphins more than $950,000 in signing bonus money applicable to the 2016 season, along with a fairly stiff fine for skipping minicamp and much larger fines for missing training camp.