The Dolphins and first-year head coach Brian Flores opened up a series of voluntary workouts on Tuesday, and a veteran defensive back was prominently absent. The real question is: will former pro bowl defensive back Reshad Jones be permanently absent from the Dolphins roster coming up?
Flores did not have much to say about Jones not being there after Tuesday morning’s workout, except that he had been told that Jones would not be there Tuesday. And, it should be pointed out that Jones has been in the building participating in some of the off-season program.
Still, he may see the handwriting on the wall, as the Fins have already gotten rid of veterans like quarterback Ryan Tannehill and defensive in Robert Quinn largely due to their huge salary cap number.
Jones, who signed a five-year $60 million contract with $44 million guaranteed is due to make $13.1 million this season. And his cap hit is $17.1 million, as well.
However, the two-time Pro Bowler, who was there most recently in 2017, may actually be released after June 1st so that the salary cap hit can be spread out over this year and 2020. Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald pointed out that by doing it that way the Dolphins will actually save almost $2 million more on the cap than if they release Jones, now.
Jones had 72 tackles, including 4 for losses with one interception in 2018. And, as a nine year veteran, there may not be much market.
Update: ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported Tuesday mid-day that it’s reportedly an excused absence, while Jones re-habs his injured shoulder:
Dolphins S Reshad Jones and HC Brian Flores spoke about the fact that the team leader would miss this current 3-day minicamp to continue his recovery from off-season shoulder surgery. Jones has been with the team this off-season and is looking forward to a strong Dolphins season.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) April 16, 2019
Still, there’s also the possibility that new GM and president of football operations Chris Grier could find a trade partner for Jones like he did with the Cowboys for Quinn and the Titans for Tannehill. However, in both of those deals, Miami had to agree to put up a lot of actual cash in a reworked contract with the player’s new team,
And they may very well have to do something similar with Jones to move him for a draft pick.
The only thing we know for the moment is that he’s not at the Dolphins facility and may very well not be in the plans of the new coaching staff
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