About a month ago, Dolphins safety Reshad Jones made it clear that he wasn’t happy with his current contract. While the 28-year-old was set to make $7.2MM this upcoming season and $7.1MM in 2017, he was instead seeking a deal that would pay him upwards of $10MM annually. The last we heard, the Dolphins weren’t particular eager to hand out a new contract to Jones.
Fast forward a couple weeks later, and Jones is now considering a season-long holdout. According to Omar Kelly of the South Florida Sun Sentinel, Jones is considering sitting out the entire 2016 campaign if he doesn’t receive a new contract. The Dolphins’ mandatory minicamp will begin on June 14th, which could provide clarity on whether Jones is serious about his threat.
As Mike Florio of ProFootballTalk.com writes, Jones will be giving up $425,176.47 for each week he misses this upcoming season. The defensive back would also be responsible for paying back $950K worth of signing bonus money. As our own Zach Links previously pointed out, Jones’ four-year, $28MM contract makes him the highest-paid strong safety in the league, although that salary doesn’t rank in the top-five among all safeties.
The former fifth-round pick’s absence would certainly impact the Dolphins defense. Jones had a career-year in 2015, compiling career-highs in tackles (135), passes defended (10), and interceptions (five).