The Dolphins ended an era in releasing Reshad Jones this week. Despite his frequent injury and his career-long penchant for talking about how good he was and how much money he should earn, he was an impactful player for the most part.
Jonesey is the latest casualty of the bizarre world of the Dolphins. Yes, I know it’s early, but this is not the way to rebuild.
You want to get younger, so you get rid of 22-year old All Pro Minkah Fitzpatrick and 25-year old All Pro Laremy Tunsil.
You want to save all your money so that you can afford to re-sign your best players, like Jonesy, but then you cut him anyway. Why bother saving all that cap money if you don’t spend a little? Sure he’s older and costly. but we have money to blow this year, and it makes far more sense to keep a decent, known player around rather than the crapshoot of a free agent or rookie.
Especially with Fitzpatrick and Xavien Howard (probably for 4 games at least) gone, the secondary–which is already a fairly weak aspect of our team–needs a few more solid guys, not question marks. Was Jones going to be worth his 2020 salary? Eh, probably not, but you never know. Why not give him another year and his his career play out here. We have plenty of money.
That being said, my fondest memory of Jonesy will be the Pittsburgh game a few years ago. Pitt nearly beat us with their own version of the Miracle in Miami, but Antonio Brown stepped out of bounds on his way to the endzone. On his own. No one touched him. He just mis-stepped.
Jones is circled on the far left. He had already slipped and slided and took himself our of the play. Instead of chasing Brown, Jones decided to jog over to the sideline…MID-PLAY!!
I’ll generally miss the guy, but not on plays like that one: