The Miami Dolphins welcomed Reshad Jones back on Wednesday when the safety ended his holdout.
Jones ended up missing only one day of the mandatory minicamp after sitting out voluntary workouts. It is unknown if the team will fine Jones for the mandatory day he missed, but it could opt to do so.
The Dolphins did not offer Jones a new contract which was the catalyst for his holdout. Facing mounting fines likely led the safety back to the team even without a new deal. If Jones had missed the full three-day minicamp, he would have been on the hook for a total fine of $76,000.
According to Jones, he has no plans to holdout again and will let his agent handle things off the field. Without a new contract, Jones has two years to go on his contract and is owed around $14 million. It is possible that Miami could extend that deal before the season to keep Jones happy, and also lock in a big part of the team's future.
“I feel confident that the organization and my agent will work something out,” Jones said. “I’m here to play football. I’m here. Everything’s behind me. I’m ready to play football.”
Having Jones back in camp was a welcome site for his teammates.
“He’s a heck of a football player and he’s going to make us better,” said Ryan Tannehill. “To be able to practice against him each and every day is only going to make the offense better.”
“We missed our boy,” added Mike Pouncey. “He’s happy to be back in the building. Obviously, our best player on defense, a great football player. We’re excited to have him back.”
The Dolphins will wrap up their offseason program on Thursday.