Dolphins safety Reshad Jones‘ holdout is expected to continue through minicamp, Ian Rapoport of NFL.com tweets. Jones, who skipped all of the team’s OTAs, will face fines if he follows through with his minicamp boycott. The news doesn’t come as a huge surprise after word leaked out that Jones is mulling a hold out for the entire 2016 season. If Jones takes his holdout into the regular season, he’ll lose roughly $400K per game.
Jones set new career-highs in tackles (135), passes defended (10), and interceptions (five) last season. PFF ranked Jones as the 13th-best safety in the NFL in 2015, and of the 89 qualified safeties, only two received higher grades as run defenders than Jones did. Still, one has to wonder if Jones is overplaying his hand with Miami.
Jones has two years remaining on his deal and stands as either the league’s highest paid or second highest-paid strong safety, depending on how you classify Chiefs star Eric Berry. Generally speaking, strong safeties are not paid as highly as their counterparts in the secondary. Jones, who earned his first Pro Bowl nod in 2015, is on the books for base salaries of $7.225MM in 2016 and $7.06MM in 2017, with accompanying cap hits of $8.203MM and $8.038MM, respectively.
Last year, Kam Chancellor was in a contract standoff with the Seahawks before finally reporting to the team during Week Three. Chancellor‘s holdout cost him $1.1MM in fines, $500K in signing-bonus forfeiture, and about $534K in lost salary for a total of about $2.134MM in potential lost earnings.
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