Reshad Jones will show up to the Dolphins OTA session today, a source close to the safety said late Monday night.
Jones initally intended to stay away from the OTA sessions the same way he skipped an offseason condititioning session Monday because he is unahppy with his current contract.
The decision to show up came after Dolphins general manager Jeff Ireland and Jones' agent Joel Segal spoke several times late into Monday evening, the source said. Details of the conversation are not known, but according to the Jones family source, Ireland gave Segal some assurance that the Dolphins would open discussions with Jones on a contract extension "eventually" if the player showed up.
It's unclear what "eventualy" means. It's possible the Dolphins could wait to see if Jones continues his good attendance in the offseason program and count that plus his play the last season-and-a-half as reasons for extending the player's contract.
Jones will be in the final year of his rookie deal in 2013 and is scheduled to make $1.3 million according to NFLPA figures. Jones would be a free agent after 2013.
It's also possible the Dolphins are simply stalling to avoid the embarrassment of having a key player skip OTA sessions that are entirely voluntary and in part open to the media. Dolphins coaches hate players missing OTA sessions and minicamps. They view it as a distraction and coach Joe Philbin typically deflects questions about those players, saying instead he wishes to speak only about players who are present.
If the Dolphins can stall Jones and his agent until the start of training camp, an advantage on having the player show up shifts to the team because players missing training camp days while under contract can be fined.
Whatever happens, this much is clear:
Jones, a productive defensive player coming off a good season, is clearly unhappy with his contract and wants an extension.
His camp has made that clear to the Dolphins.
The Dolphins are aware of Jones' feelings but apparently not feeling pressure to give Jones a new contract right away.
This is not over.