Oct 20, 2013; Miami Gardens, FL, USA; Miami Dolphins free safety Reshad Jones (20) before a game against the Buffalo Bills at Sun Life Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Mayer-USA TODAY Sports
Jones has been a staple in the Miami secondary since he was taken in the 5th round of the 2010 draft. Jones’ is giving the Dolphins everything he has on the field and he has become a huge leader in the secondary. Jones will also count $8.2 million on the cap next year. Releasing him will save the Dolphins over $6.2 million in cap space and carry only a $1.5 cap hit.
Like Grimes, it’s hard to imagine replacing a productive player who is the only productive player at his position. Neither Michael Thomas or Walt Aikens have shown improvement next to Jones this season and the Dolphins do not have a replacement for Jones on the roster. This is a common theme with many of the top end talent on the team.
Jones has been superb the last three seasons and he is the only player defensively who does well at masking his blitzing. In fact, Jones is unquestionably the best blitzing member on the Dolphins team and that includes linebackers as well. Losing Jones would hurt but the Dolphins need the space. It’s very likely they approach him about a restructure. The fact that he will only be 28 heading into 2016 should bode well for his future but nothing will surprise me.
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