Former Dolphins Safety Reshad Jones Arrested on Gun Charge

Mike Chiari@mikechiariFeatured ColumnistNovember 18, 2020

Miami Dolphins free safety Reshad Jones (20) waits for a play, during the second half at an NFL football game against the Buffalo Bills, Sunday, Nov. 17, 2019, in Miami Gardens, Fla. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)
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Former Miami Dolphins safety Reshad Jones was arrested Wednesday morning in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, and charged with carrying a concealed firearm. 

Per WPLG Local 10, police said they were called after Jones was seen walking through gas station parking lots while holding a loaded handgun. According to the arrest report, Jones told police he "does not have and never has held" a concealed weapons permit.

Police said that after Jones complied with orders to get on the ground, he "was very difficult with officers and appeared to be on the influence of an unknown substance." Police also Jones had "a heavy odor of alcohol."

After being arrested, Jones was booked at the Davie Police Department and taken to Broward Main Jail in Fort Lauderdale. 

The 32-year-old Jones is an Atlanta native who spent 10 NFL seasons with the Dolphins before getting released in March.

Jones, who was a 2010 fifth-round pick out of Georgia, appeared in 128 games for the Dolphins, making 113 starts. He registered 776 tackles, 10.5 sacks, 21 interceptions and seven fumble recoveries. He also returned four interceptions and two fumbles for touchdowns.

From 2012-18, Jones was among the best safeties in the NFL, earning Pro Bowl berths in both 2015 and 2017. His best season came in 2015 when he finished with a career-high 135 tackles, five interceptions and two sacks.

Jones underwent a pair of shoulder surgeries and then had his 2019 season cut short because of a chest injury, as he appeared in just four games before getting placed on injured reserve.

He had two years remaining on his contract when the Dolphins cut him, and he did not sign with another team following his release.