With Jones missing voluntary offseason work, Kelly mentions that the Dolphins’ safeties such as free agent addition Isa Abdul-Quddus may have a hard time developing chemistry this summer.
The Dolphins also have Shamiel Gary, Walt Aikens, and Michael Thomas at the safety position, but there’s no question that Jones is one of their most valuable players on the defensive side of the ball.
Miami could fine Jones $10,000 per day for missing training camp, but even that may not be enough to persuade him to report to the team.
Jones, 28, is a former fifth-round pick of the Dolphins back in 2010. He later signed a five-year, $30.81 million contract that included $15 million guaranteed with the Dolphins back in 2013.
Jones still has another two years remaining on his current deal and stands to make base salaries of $7.225 million and $7.06 million over the next two years.
In 2015, Jones appeared in all 16 games and recorded 136 tackles, two sacks, five interceptions with two being returned for touchdowns, a fumble recovery and 10 pass defenses. Pro Football Focus has him rated as the No. 13 safety out of 89 qualifying players.