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Reshad Jones gets rewarded with new deal

Five months ago Reshad Jones was stressing a little bit about his contract situation. The Dolphins had promised to get him a new deal before the start of the 2013 season but he was seeing precious little movement in that direction.

So his agent Joel Segal called the Dolphins to see what was up. And a day passed with no response. And another day passed with no response.

And so the Jones camp decided to send a clear message that they felt wronged. Jones didn't show up to offseason workouts one day.

And that got all sorts of activity going. Assistant coaches lit up Jones' phone wanting to know where he was. General Manager Jeff Ireland called the agent.

And eventually, the team promised if Jones went about his usual business, reporting to offseason workouts and camps and allowing the process to play out, they would open talks on a new deal in July. Well, two weeks ago the Dolphins started talking with Jones and Segal.

And today the club and their starting safety have agreed to and signed a four-year extension worth $30 million that includes guaranteed money of $15 million.

This deal comes in just ahead of the four-year, $29.323 million extension safety Kam Chancellor signed with Seattle in April. It falls just below the deals done for Eric Weddle (5 years, $40 million) and Antrel Rolle (five years, $37 million) signed in the last few years.

So what's the message?

It's a good one.

Jones sent the message that he's a professional. He sent the message he was going to go about his business in a statesmanlike manner and work quietly with the team as long as the team was willing to work with him. Yes, there was that day of anxiety -- to the point the Dolphins were so vexed by information leaking that they asked Jones family members not to speak to me.

(The Dolphins make a habit of telling agents and others not to speak to the media about contracts or injuries or anything, really, despite the so-called transparent approach owner Stephen Ross ordered last year).

But I digress.

After Jones met with coaches and his agent explained their stance, the team made a promise, Jones made a promise and both sides kept that promise.

Now compare that to the issue the Buffalo Bills are having with safety Jairus Byrd who is sitting out of camp. Not good.

The Dolphins, meanwhile, have sent a message into the locker room that if you are a good player with a good future and your career arc is headed up, they will try to keep you and be fair in doing so. That, believe it or not, will make the rounds in the locker room.

The Dolphins, you see, have a couple of other young players they may eventually try to extend -- Mike Pouncey, perhaps Paul Soliai, maybe Dustin Keller if he stays healthy and plays well -- and this extension before the season suggests the club is open to keeping a core of players it values.

So today was a win-win for everyone involved.

 

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Reshad Jones deserves the new deal. The Dolphins did the right thing. Glad it didn't turn into a festering drama, which Jeff Ireland has a habit of making despite himself.

Good report, Mando.

Am I the only one that's getting a little tired of Philbin refusing to answer questions from the media in a straight manner? I mean, I want to know what's going on.

Great move by Ireland. No doubt we needed to lock up R. Jones. I guess all is not lost and we will move forward after a bad PREseason game.

Bill Belichick doesn't answer questions from the media in a straight manner.

Jeremy, that's true but Bill Belichick has won three Super Bowls last I checked. He wins the division every year.

Joe Philbin is a JAG coach who hasn't proven anything except that he can win 7 of 16 regular season games and never wins in the preseason.

When Philbin starts winning, he can be as much of a condescending schmuck as he wants. But right now??? Be a Tony Dungy, a Lovie Smith, a Vermeil or Joe Gibbs.

Come on, no Dolphins move is without a bash fest, have at it, rip this !!!

Armando is the best Dolphin reporter on the planet and he has the best Dolphin blog.

Excellent move in getting a deal to Jones! I think the next priority player may be Grimes, in my opinion. Although he hasn't played a game yet for the Dolphins, I believe that he is the closest to a lockdown corner that we've had in a long time.

I also believe that a lot of people are confused about who played Left Tackle in the HOF game Sunday night. Martin was only in for a few plays. Dallas Thomas was the one who really stunk it up at the position! Obviously, he's NOT a LT! In fact, I'm not even sure he can even play in the NFL. He was constantly getting knocked down or stumbling over his own feet. I did not see him play with any leverage or any aggression. There was no punch to him! And, he seemed to get even worse as the night went on despite the Cowboys going to 3rd and 4th team players!

Has Ireland been fired yet?

No one's extending Grimes until first seeing the Achilles hold up an entire season. It could be fine at first an then soreness and swelling can set in.

Grimes may feel 100%, but, he still isn't 100% out of the woods yet coming off a very serious injury such as an Achilles. We should have a pretty good idea by game 8 or so.

Posted by: Tracyh474 | August 05, 2013 at 10:59 PM


Martin gave up a really bad pressure to a Cowboy d-lineman who may be flipping burgers when the regular season begins. Everyone knows who played and when.

TanneREACH looked terrible last night w four bad passes and one real short pass to Gibson
Inaccuracy as usual for Tanny

Not a franchise QB

Great deal by Ireland and his team!!!!!

Why will the dolphins have yet another losing season?

1. Martin
2. Tannehill

Why will the dolphins have yet another losing season?

1. Martin
2. Tannehill

Pray for new ownership.

What's he won ?

ESPN’s Merril Hoge on Ryan Tannehill

“He looked awful; the offense looked awful,” Hoge said. “What I saw early on, I would be bothered if I were a coach of the Miami Dolphins.”

Merril Hoge said I should light my pubic hair on fire.

So I did it.

Tell Merrill to eat a kock sandwich!

Great signing. See, the Dolphins DO get something right once and awhile.

Now, if we can solve this OL debacle and get Tanny on track we will be ok.

Oh, I forgot, our DL looked like dog crap and couldn't stop the run at all. But that's usually a strength, so we can give that one a pass for now.


Sign whoever you want. Philbin & Tannehill are not the answer. Ireland will backstab Philbin in a heartbeat. We need a new shot-caller in Davie.

L T is a concern because we haven't seen them do it too much yet...and what we just saw was not very good in pass protection...run blocking looked solid...Samuda played well...seemed a little overwhelemd with the pass rush over all...they are going to play to these guys strengths...offense needs to come together...which will happen more and more when players start getting cut...more and more...let's not pretend Dallas O was something to marvel...still played better than us...especially since our O gave up 2 TDs...not good...D will be right as rain...Ds going to be awesome...


Martin gave up a really bad pressure to a Cowboy d-lineman who may be flipping burgers when the regular season begins. Everyone knows who played and when.

Posted by: LOVE FAKING 17-0-IN-YUR-ASS! | | August 05, 2013 at 11:06 PM

Not entirely so! It was a stunt with the weakside backer blitzing and Martin froze letting both the LB and DE get past him with Tanne rolling right. He should have taken the inside man (DE) letting the Backer go were either the RB picks up the free blitzer or as was the case last night the QB rolling away from the pressure makes a throw. They happend to guess right on a very infrequent blitz from a Monte Kiffin D, it happens!

I think Sherman was a little too eager to give up on the run and work the passing game early on. There was no reason to start letting bullets fly when Miller was ripping off big gains!
Lets hope it's just part of the evaluation process and he calls better plays during the season.

This is from an old lg. moving from lg to left tackle is like night and day. D Thomas was horrendous at tackle but that doesn't mean he can't play lg very well. Lt you have to have quick feet and have to be able to anchor at lg you have to have good hands and be mobile enough to pull and get to the second level. At guard the defense is on you right away it is much faster at tackle you have a few seconds and have to move your feet and anchor before contact.
Bottom line d Thomas as bad as he was at tackle looks like a real find at guard. He needs to get stronger but he can get to the second level, has a second step and only needs to get stronger to be solid in pass protection from a guard spot. At tackle he doesn't have the foot work and even when he gets to the spot he is too high and is easily bull rushed or off balance and pushed aside. Even if he was stronger than what he is his technique is bad for a lt.
Let Thomas play lg only

The Woodshed Gang | August 05, 2013 at 11:59 PM

I get the impression last night was more about the big ?'s around the unsettled WR's behind the top 3 than about seeing what Miller can do. They know what Miller can do just fine! I was intrigued by J.Grey, I didn't like that play in the redzone were he took the delayed hand off and stopped at about the 6 Yd. line, should have put head down and gotten to the 2! Will learn in the NFL D's close alot quicker than what he saw on ND CREAM PUFF schedule outside Ohio St. and USC.

That aside for essentially another rookie RB showed nice hands and some tough running. It was nice to get an Egnew sitting as well. Felt Bumphis eyeballed the LB lasered in on him on the Int. but later made up for it.

The only problem on offense isn't Jonathan Martin. Tannehill's inconsistency with accuracy is atop the list too.

We all saw it last night.

Posted by: LOVE FAKING 17-0-IN-YUR-ASS! | | August 05, 2013 at 10:45 PM
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We all saw him throw 5 passes YG, in his first game back from the off season.

Any sane person not Trolling would know that **FIVE** passes in a Pre Season game isn't even enough to knock off the rust.

Oh, and for the SANE, Tannehill, as a ROOKIE, had the 8th highest QB Rating last season when throwing Deep(20 yards or more).

Can't argue with the facts Bro........SORRY ;)


Ellerbe and grimes and Wallace have to stay healthy, it is no plan b for those guys. They are more irreplaceable than tanne or wake or any other player on the team.



At tackle he doesn't have the foot work and even when he gets to the spot he is too high and is easily bull rushed or off balance and pushed aside. Even if he was stronger than what he is his technique is bad for a lt.
Let Thomas play lg only

Posted by: Jay | August 06, 2013 at 12:06 AM

His leverage and bad foot work getting back in space was tough to watch but seems like a nimble enough kid who at least athletically fits the bill for what they're looking for in a Guard to run the zone scheme. He needs a ton of work though so time will tell.

Martin is a friggin turnstyle at LT. YIKES!

Fin4life,

I agree. I thought Keenan Davis looked really good and Bumphis has potential

Our RBs all looked pretty solid. Personally, I thought Gillislee played really well too.
It was also good to see Egnew find some success. Hopefully he can gain some confidence and move forward in the next few weeks.


Oh, and for the SANE, Tannehill, as a ROOKIE, had the 8th highest QB Rating last season when throwing Deep(20 yards or more).

Can't argue with the facts Bro........SORRY ;)


Posted by: odinseye | August 06, 2013 at 12:15 AM

Also worth noting they were on a play count, Philbin pulled everybody in a series were they got a 1st down backed up against the goaline. Dallas was owning field position.

Armando is the best Dolphin reporter on the planet and he has the best Dolphin blog.

Posted by: Monte | August 05, 2013 at 10:47
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You might want to wipe off your upper lip there Pal.

Oops, looks like a little got on Yo Fo-Head Too!

Tannehill led the league in 3 n outs. Not even Henne was that bad.....

Woodshed,

While some see ?'s at RB, I personally see a log jam! Somebody goes to the Practice squad and it wil be interesting to see who they risk there. I think because of the draft/investment pick Gillislee gets the nod unless really out played by Grey and felt Grey had the better overall game. To bad about the sack Moore inexplicably gives up inside the 10 for about a 15 yd loss, he had Simms wide open sliding across the back end line.

Before people blame bumphis for the pick know this, if the defense is playing zone u sit down on your route, in man you keep running. Bumphis did see a big hit coming and might have been scare of getting crushed but that doesn't mean he did the wrong thing by stopping his route

odin,

The World is falling chicken little gang aside what was your take? I felt pretty good about some individual efforts and eyeballed your rookie fav. W.Davis who got schooled on NFL P.I. calls in the endzone shielding without getting his head around but thought he recovered and played good. I posted last night about Shelby's sack and noted you did as well today. A real thing of beauty were he man handled the Tackle and also liked the awarness of not grabbing the QB by the facemask, sort of looked like a WWE close line, nice play although obviously a pass rusher with lots of work still needed to see field in reg. package. Trusnik (escaped everybody) started at MLB and it was over after all of 4 plays with Wheeler moving over. In honesty let Robinson, Kaddu and Jenkins get work I can't sit through Trusnik in at any LB spot again! Again your thoughts?

Davis and bumphis have almost no chance of making the team because they aren't special team players. Your fourth and fifth wrs have to be st guys. The only reason trusnik and splitter and Carroll are on the roster is because they are excellent st players. I see us trying to put bumphis on the ps and him getting poached by a team that has injuries at wr during camp

Good News after a Tough game.

Saw a lot of Positives from the game. Only bad part was Devlin getting Hurt.

Devlin was moving the ball pretty well.

Gray looks pretty good. He has shot up to #2 on my book. He is also built like a short yardage back. L.Miller and J.Gray. will be a good duo going into the season.

McNutt should be McCutt. I like Bumphis and K.Davis. Can't wait for R.Matthews to get healthy. He should have the #4 position locked.

Tannehill led the league in 3 n outs. Not even Henne was that bad.....

Posted by: Just Sayin | August 06, 2013 at 12:24 AM
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The Dolphins were 16th in coverting 3rd downs.

Sorry, try again.
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Look, your one liners are LAME. Mine are factual.

Samunda played a great game all around.

Matt Moore had 238 yds of offense to Tannehills 11 yds of offense. And who is starting?

3 draft picks D Thomas got his usual 1.3 yds/carry vs a 3rd string D.

Odin....MORE DRUGS! lol

Tannehill led the league in 3 n outs. Not even Henne was that bad.....
Posted by: Just Sayin | August 06, 2013 at 12:24 AM
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The Dolphins were 16th in coverting 3rd downs.
Sorry, try again.
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Look, your one liners are LAME. Mine are factual.

Posted by: odinseye | August 06, 2013 at 12:46 AM

UUUUHH. Those are 2 different categories DUMBO!!!


LOL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

AAAAAAAAAAAAAGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH

The Dolphins were 16th in coverting 3rd downs.

Posted by: odinseye | August 06, 2013 at 12:46 AM


. LINK?

The game was as Simple if M.Moore doesn't throw a Pick 6 the Fins Win the game.

Again, not that bad of a game.

Fin4,

Overall I was bummed about all the players we didn't get to see. I understand it and it's fine. It's good for the team in the long haul. The Fan in me though, I wanted to see the starters!

I also noticed Sims open in back of the end zone on the sack. I was screaming-LOL! I was hoping to see Sims get more targets, but he's impressing the coaches, so that's good enough for me, for now.

Jordan I thought was pretty good. He looked like it was just another game at Oregon. It was against 2nds and 3rds, but he didn't look overwhelmed in the least.

Davis screwed up Big Time not getting his head around. But at least the coverage was there-LOL. He played pretty good from what I could tell. I still believe he's going to be very good if not great. Can't wait to see Jamar Taylor catching up.

The thing that really bummed me out was Martin not getting more playing time. I guess there's still plenty of time, but man, do I want too know if he's going to be the guy or not.

Oh yeah, Dashi reminded me........

I thought Gillisslee did real well all things considered. Definitely a Kid I would like to hold on to.

If it came down to Gilliss or Gray, that would be a tough call. Gilliss gets the nod from me. But only because I think it's easier to find Guys like Gray.

Troll Boy,

You're the Dumbo. I never said they were the same.

(God I'm getting tired of explaining things to retards. I hope I'm rewarded in Heaven-SERIOUSLY!)

They're is no such thing as a 3 and out statistic EXCLUSIVELY for QB's.

And Dumbo is calling people Dumbo.

Hey, wait a minute, YG always does that too ;)

7 carries 21 yds.

That was Gillislee Night. 1 good run for 10yds, then it really is 6 Carries 11 Yds. Less than 2 yards per carry.

Just saying.

Gray is Built like a Battering Ram. 5-9 230lbs. And runs like one to.

The One Flaw in Gillislee's game which I felt was going to show up. Showed up. Gillislee lacks breakaway Speed. He can't reach the Edge fast Enough. If he did he would be a good RB. But he Can't.

But you saw how Fast L.Miller is. You can see that 4.3 Speed on the Field.

You can look at Gillislee and realize he runs 4.5+, Not even 4.4.

Gray for being as Cocky as he is probably runs faster than Gillislee. At least it looked like it Yesterday.

http://espn.go.com/nfl/statistics/team/_/stat/downs/sort/thirdDownConvPct

You have to click on Pct. under third down.

Just looked it up if J.Gray is Healthy and Fully Recovered from his Knee Injury he is Faster than Gillislee.

Gray
5'9"
230lbs
4.4-40
30 BP reps

Gillislee
5'11"
210lbs
4.55-40
15 BP reps

They are both the same Age. Couple Months Different. L.Miller is Younger and Faster than Both.

I'm thinking that Gray makes the team. D. Thomas hasn't shown anything to keep him on the squad in my opinion. Miller, Gray, Gillislee, and Thigpen. That's the order that I'm thinking. Thigpen gives you your returner/receiver/running back. Miller is your starter. Gray can handle short yardage. And, Gillislee gives you a developmental running back with speed & power. Philbin wants his running backs to do it all. And, nothing about Thomas stands out. He's already shown he's injury prone. He was a 2nd round pick, but hasn't shown the ability of one. His only saving grace is if he really turns it on in the pre-season. Which he didn't do Sunday night.

What up now Jay?

Yep, looks like your saying exactly what I told you too say: NOTHING!

LOLOLOLOLOLOL

AaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaarrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrGH!!!!!!

ROTFLMFAOROTFLMFAOROTFLMFAO!!!!

Has anyone heard anything about Devlin's injury? Hopefully, it's just a minor nick.

The worst thing about the Tannehill three and out leader fabrication is that I have showed the guy continually posting it he is wrong but he doesn't care. That's a special kind of ignorance.

Odin I posted the same details for the guy weeks ago. I can't remember if I posted a Yahoo article or PFF but it showed three and outs and 3rd down percentage and he was wrong on both counts.

Tracy,

That is the same way I see the RBs shaking out.

With the exception that Gillislee needs to also learn some special teams.

I feel the 1 good quality that Gillislee has that even his supporters tend to overlook. Is that Gillislee is Smart. He isn't as Physically talented as the Other RBs but he has a good understanding of what a RB should do. He is well rounded. Not Real Good at any 1 thing.

But that is what makes a good 3rd Down RB. Like Kevin Faulk.

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