MIAMI (CBSMiami) – Miami Dolphins management promised safety Reshad Jones he would eventually get a big-time contract from the team. Monday eventually became a reality for the safety out of Georgia.
The Fins signed Jones to a four-year, $30 million extension late Monday. Jones has been one of general manager Jeff Ireland’s best draft picks and has improved his play each year since coming into the league.READ MORE: Facing South Florida: 1-On-1 With Miami-Dade Mayor Daniella Levine Cava
Last season, Jones came into his own and pulled down 94 tackles, four interceptions, and had nine passes defensed.READ MORE: Miami Gardens Faith Leaders, Officials & Community Members Come Together To Remember Lives Lost To Gun Violence
All total, this offseason the Dolphins have handed out more than $200 million in contracts to try and improve the team’s chances of making the playoffs. Jones’ deal will pay him nearly $8 million per season, but with that bigger contract comes bigger expectations.MORE NEWS: Orange County Officials Searching For 19-Year-Old Miya Marcano
While Jones was solid last year, he now has to take the next step to be great. Jones has to elevate his game to the level of Pro Bowlers like Ed Reed and Troy Polamalu. He has to step up and help solidify a Dolphins secondary that’s been picked on over the past few years.