Reshad Jones and other “clutter”
Almost all Dolphins reporters seem to be unanimous in believing that Dion Jordan, Koa Misi, and Mario Williams will be cut within the next month. Given Miami’s thin roster at defensive tackle, there is growing sentiment that Earl Mitchell may be retained by the team (not that I agree).
As for the upcoming free agents, Denney’s age makes his return questionable despite the fact that he excels at his task. Andre Branch and Dion Sims should also be retained if a compromise can be made on price.
Where a more definitive stand needs to be taken is in regards to Michael Thomas and Damien Williams. Forget for a minute that Thomas is ‘serviceable’ at all four secondary positions. He is a leader on special teams and Miami cannot return to the days where they discount the “third phase” of the game.
The same reasoning should be extended to Damien Williams. He was Miami’s best back on third down and is a core special teams player. Given that he’s a restricted free agent, there is no excuse for not resigning him.
Finally, the issue of possibly trading Reshad Jones feels laughable. Unlike the Patriots, Miami cannot afford to disregard starters that are producing at a high level because the player is eligible for free agency next year.
If you believe that Miami can get a comparable strong safety for less than the $7M that Jones is scheduled to make, then why would a team give up a pick to acquire Jones? If Miami can’t find a comparable player in free agency, then they have weaken an already weak secondary and for what? A 3rd/4th round pick?