Flores: Reshad Jones Has to Earn Starter Position

Reshad Jones will have to earn a starter spot with the Dolphins, just like anyone else.

That’s what coach Brian Flores has to say.

According to Flores, “I think everyone’s got to work to start in this league and on this team. I think there’s no doubt about that. I would say there’s no sacred cows, not in this game.”

The 31-year-old Jones has started 109 games for Miami during nine seasons. He is also a two-time Pro Bowler.

However, Jones has had a rocky time with the Dolphins. He was suspended for half of a game against the Jets last season after refusing to re-enter.

Flores adds, “I think you have to earn what you get. That’s the case for everyone on the team. I think I’ve said that over and over again.”

Jones’ contract for the next three years is capped at: $17.2 million, $15.6 million and $14.5 million.

If the Dolphins choose to release him after June 1, Spotrac says the team would face a cap hit of $25.4 million over the next two years. If they elect instead to trade Jones, the cap hit would drop to $12 million over two seasons.

The one thing all this tells us? The Dolphins are not finished making changes and stirring the pot leading up to the season.