Reshad Jones To Holdout Through Minicamp

Dolphins safety Reshad Jones‘ holdout is expected to continue through minicamp, Ian Rapoport of 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. Reshad Jones

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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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  1. JT19

    I usually side with the players’ in their holdouts because its somewhat warranted, as in they’re worth double what they are currently earning (like if Antonio Brown were to hold out, I’d support him). But I just can’t feel sympathetic to Jones. It’s not like he’s vastly underpaid. Guys like him show how greedy some (not all) players can truly be. Then players wonder why teams aren’t loyal, because some of the players themselves aren’t loyal to the contracts they signed.

    • salvaje

      just remember he does have a contract but it is not guaranteed so if the Phins waived him he would be out a lot of money, same issue going on with Von Miller, the issue with Jones is about the guaranteed money thats all, but agreed he should go to training camp, not lose money and be vocal about his issue at practice


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