Looking ahead to Miami Dolphins 2020 cap moves and roster changes
By Brian Miller
Reshad Jones has been around Miami for what seems like forever. He is tenth season in the NFL after being drafted in the 5th round in 2010. He has been a staple of the Dolphins secondary. The problem with Jones is twofold. Many still believe he quit on his team against the Jets in week two last season. He did.
Jones took himself out of the game and refused to play. Had his contract not been so bloated he would likely have been released or traded. Jones’ contract has been a thorn for the Dolphins. Mike Tannenbaum basically guaranteed his salary and put the Dolphins in a bind.
This year, Jones is being paid like a starting quarterback. He will count $17.1 million against the Dolphins cap. Releasing him or trading him does not for the Dolphins. A release will count $25 million in dead money. That hardly makes up for the almost $8 million in savings.
Miami’s best option for Jones would be to trade him post-June 1st. They would only carry $4 million in dead money and save $13 but Miami isn’t likely to find that kind of trade partner.
Fast forward to 2020. Jones will count $15 million in cap room and would recoup $7.5 million against an $8 million dead money hit. Not ideal but if the Dolphins want to get out of a bad contract, it might be the best time to do it.