It’s clear the Miami Dolphins want to remake themselves over the course of this season and next. With new coach Brian Flores leading the way, there have already been some players deleted. The question now is: will starting former Pro Bowl safety Reshad Jones be the next to go?
The debate on that point has heated up Sunday afternoon, after long time Miami Herald writer and insider, Barry Jackson, reported that per a league source the Dolphins are actively attempting to find a trade partner for Jones:
NEW: Why the Dolphins would be (more than) OK with a Reshad Jones trade, for reasons beyond salary. And the Minkah issue that cannot be ignored: https://t.co/YN3igWFdNG
— Barry Jackson (@flasportsbuzz) June 2, 2019
It was conspicuous over the last month that Jones was not part of Miami’s OTA activities, and Flores told the media that he had been in communication with the player. And, further, that they had an understanding about Jones not being there.
Part of what Flores mentioned then, was a shoulder injury that Jones was rehabilitating, as to why the nine-year veteran was not with a new coaching staff and trying to get acclimated to Patrick Graham’s installation of a 3-4 defense.
The bigger concern, if Miami is in fact trying to deal Jones, is his contract, which has a $17.1 million-dollar hit for this year. Further, the five-year deal that he agreed to in March of 2017 would also escalate bonus money onto this year’s cap meaning that Jones would count $25 million in dead money for this season for Miami.
Jones played in 13 games a year ago with three interceptions and 9 passes defended to go along with 72 total tackles. Those numbers are hardly irreplaceable and Miami has already committed money in a new contract to safety Xavien Howard, as well. They also have strong belief in 2018 number 1 pick Minkah Fitzpatrick to be able to replace Jones full time.
The house cleaning by Flores and GM Chris Grier has extended to veteran defensive end Cameron Wake and Robert Quinn, as well as veteran wide receiver Danny Amendola and former starting quarterback Ryan Tannehill. All of those players were either released, allowed to leave in free agency or traded, as the shaping of the future Dolphins has already commenced.
Now, the question becomes, can Grier find a trade partner to relieve them of Jones’s contract? Or, will Miami have to trudge on with his salary settled on their cap and find some kind of role for him this fall, even if it means being a reserve?
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