Mere minutes after it was announced that the Dolphins were bringing veteran tight end Anthony Fasano back to Miami, the Dolphins took care of another one of their own stars, extending safety Reshad Jones with a 5-year, $60 million dollar deal with $35 million guaranteed.
Last season, the 29 year old Jones held out briefly to demonstrate his desire for a new contract with guaranteed money, as his current deal had very little guaranteed which would not bode well for him should he get injured.
Which is precisely what happened.
Jones was placed on injured reserve with a shoulder injury after Week 6 against the Pittsburgh Steelers, and after season's end, Jones stated that he would be ready to go when the offseason program rolled around, indicating that he didn't plan to hold out again.
Now it turns out he didn't have to, as the Dolphins continued their mission to take care of their own and have ensured that Jones will remain in Miami for a very long time.
Jones made the Pro Bowl for the first time in his career in 2015, and he's proven himself as one of the top safeties in the NFL with his ability to be a ballhawk and also defend against the run while acting as an in-the-box safety. That's a terrific accomplishment, especially considering Jones is a former fifth-round draft pick.
With most of the team's top players taken care of, all that's left is to extend wide receiver Jarvis Landry, who like Jones was, is entering the final year of his contract. Miami is likely working on taking care of their final star even as we speak.
This story was written by Luis Sung. Follow him on Twitter: @LuisDSung
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