Miami Dolphins Pro Bowl safety Reshad Jones, perhaps the best defensive player on the team in 2015, is sitting out today's voluntary veteran minicamp and will not report to any activity this offseason unless he gets a contract extension, a source tells The Miami Herald.
Jones was one of several players who did not attend today's practice. Ndamukong Suh, Mario Williams, Koa Misi were also not present. But Jones's reason for not attending seems different from the others.
"Reshad is the most productive safety in the NFL right now," the source close to Jones said. "And so what he wants is to be paid like it. He wants some security."
The source said Jones will not attend the team's mandatory minicamp in June nor will he be part of the offseason conditioning program. It is unclear if he will decline reporting to training camp in July and risk daily fines for that.
The Dolphins have told Jones and his agent Joel Segal they plan to extend Jones. He is a cornerstone of their defense, they have said. But Jones has two years (2016 and 2017) remaining on his contract so the team might not want to do an extension until next season.
Jones wants an extension this season. The team and the player's representatives have had no substantive conversation about an extension this season as yet.
Jones averages $7.03 million per season on his current contract and that average is seventh-highest average among safeties, according to Spotrac.com. He averages highest among strong safeties. He is scheduled to make $7.225 million in 2016 and $7.06 million in 2017.
Jones obviously wants to be among the highest paid safeties overall.
Look, Reshad Jones signed a contract in 2014. I get it. But just as teams change their minds and cut players before their deals are fully expired, players have the right to do the same thing.
Jones actually outperformed his deal last season and expects to do so again this year. So he's making a stand.