Reshad Jones claims he won't miss anymore OTA practices

Sun Sentinel

Miami Dolphins safety Reshad Jones would not address his pursuit of a new contract, but this two-year starter did say he plans to attend the rest of Miami's Organized Team Activities.

Jones, who had a breakout season in 2012, skipped Monday's session, possibly to send management a message. But Jones claims he was absent to address a "personal issue."

When asked if he's willing to play the 2013 season on his existing contract, which will pay him $1.3 million, Jones was non-committal.

"I'm not really focused on that," said Jones, who lead the Dolphins with four interceptions and also contributed 94 tackles, one sack and forced two fumbles. "I know if I continue to do what I'm doing, work my butt off, everything will work itself out."

Because players get fined $30,000 a day for missing any of training camp or mandatory minicamp the only time a veteran can take a political stance against his contract is during OTAs, which are voluntary.

Last year Cameron Wake, a two-time Pro Bowl selection, sat out the offseason program till the Dolphins gave him a new five-year, $33.2 million contract, that features a number of sack bonuses.

Wake was entering the final year of his contract just like Jones, who has attended all but one day of Miami's offseason program this summer.

Defensive tackle Randy Starks, whom the Dolphins placed the franchise tag on this offseason, told the Sun-Sentinel he won't attend any of the team's voluntary sessions this offseason.

Starks, a nine-year veteran, is pursuing a long-term deal instead of playing on his one-year, $8.45 contract that is full guaranteed.

Coach Joe Philbin wouldn't address the players who opted not to participate in the OTA sessions, pointing out that, "As we all know this is a voluntary period we're participating in right now."

Defensive end Dion Jordan, Miami's first-round pick, and cornerback Jamar Taylor, the Dolphins' second-round pick, also missed Tuesday's session. Jordan can't participate in the OTA sessions because Oregon is still holding classes. The reason for Taylor's absence is unclear.


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