Reshad Jones has signed a contract extension with the Miami Dolphins.
UPDATE: Wednesday, Aug. 7, at 8:05 a.m. ET by Brandon Galvin
From ESPN's James Walker:
'We’ve been working on this since OTAs [organized team activities],' [Reshad] Jones explained Tuesday. 'They said they would get it done, and like I said they went out and got it done. So that’s a thanks to [owner] Stephen Ross, Jeff Ireland, Coach [Joe] Philbin and this whole organization for making this possible...'
'... The sky is the limit,' Jones said Tuesday. 'I think I went out last year and demonstrated that I’m one of the elite safeties in this game. I just want to be consistent, continue to keep doing what I’m doing and be a leader on this team.'
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UPDATE: Tuesday, Aug. 6, at 11:10 a.m. ET by Brandon Galvin
From the Miami Dolphins' official website:
The Miami Dolphins have extended Reshad Jones' contract through the 2017 season, it was announced today.
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Adam Schefter of ESPN first reported the news of a four-year, $30 million extension on Monday, Aug. 5:
Dolphins signed S Reshad Jones to a four-year, $30 million extension.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) August 5, 2013
The 2010 fifth-round pick out of Georgia posted 94 tackles, four interceptions, nine pass deflections, two forced fumbles and one sack in 2012. That included picking off Tom Brady in December and racking up 14 tackles and one forced fumble against the Buffalo Bills in November, two notable performances against division rivals. He improved in every one of these categories from 2011, except for sacks.
Miami is trying to improve bit by bit after going 7-9 last season under first-year coach Joe Philbin. The Dolphins ranked 27th in the league in points per game in 2012 (18.0) but allowed only 19.8 points per contest (seventh). They allowed 7.0 yards per pass attempt (18th) but only 18 passing touchdowns (sixth). Opposing quarterbacks completed 58.8 percent of their passes against them (ninth). Jones had four of their 10 interceptions on the season.
Is this a good deal for the Dolphins?
Jones, 25, was due $1.323 million in the final year of his rookie contract this season.
The Dolphins are hoping the burgeoning defensive back can continue to improve as they look to make serious strides in 2013. They made some significant additions during the offseason and certainly hope they are enough to overtake the defending AFC East champion New England Patriots.
Miami hasn't won more than seven games since the 2008 season, when it went 11-5 before losing to the Baltimore Ravens in the Wild Card Round. The Dolphins have been to the playoffs just once in the past 11 seasons.
Jones is a promising young player who figures to continue to improve on the back end. Miami needs all of the help it can get after losing six of its final nine games in 2012.