Jones (shoulder) isn't present Tuesday for the start of a three-day voluntary minicamp, Joe Schad of The Palm Beach Post reports.
Jones showed up for the start of the offseason program a couple weeks ago and reportedly hasn't missed any team meetings. Coach Brian Flores didn't get too far into specifics when discussing the absence this week, merely saying that rehab from February shoulder surgery is one of several factors in the 31-year-old safety's decision to skip voluntary minicamp. As the highest-paid player on a rebuilding team, Jones has been a frequent subject of trade rumors this offseason, though his fully guaranteed $13.015 million base salary makes it tricky to find a deal. A trade would allow the Dolphins to use Minkah Fitzpatrick as a starting safety alongside T.J. McDonald, but it's possible the team prefers that its 2018 first-round pick take most of his snaps as a slot corner.
Entering the second season of a four-year extension with his $13.015 million base salary for 2019 fully guaranteed, Jones has been mentioned as a possible trade candidate for the rebuilding Dolphins. He's still one of the better safeties in the league, but the price tag is rather hefty for a 31-year-old who is still rehabbing from surgery to repair a partially torn labrum in his shoulder. Jones' attendance at the voluntary offseason program might be taken as a hint that he expects to stay with the Dolphins for at least one more year, though it's far from a sure thing.
Jones (leg, shoulder) recently had surgery to repair a partially torn right labrum, Cameron Wolfe of ESPN.com reports.
Jones played through the injury for most of 2018, only missing Weeks 3 and 4. He finished the season with three-year highs for interceptions (three) and passes defensed (nine), but he dropped off to 5.1 tackles per game after averaging at least 6.7 in each of the previous five seasons. Still regarded as one of the better safeties in the league, the 30-year-old Jones has three seasons remaining on a four-year, $48 million extension. His guaranteed 2019 base salary ensures he won't be released, but the rebuilding Dolphins might look into a trade.
Jones (leg) logged three tackles (one solo), one pass defended, and one interception which he returned for a touchdown before exiting Sunday's 42-17 loss to the Bills due to a leg injury.
Jones intercepted rookie quarterback Josh Allen's final throw of the first half, returning it for a touchdown and allowing the Dolphins to momentarily tie up the game. He then exited the season finale in the third quarter with a leg injury. The veteran played well in Miami's secondary this season, despite some disciplinary issues, and ends his season with 69 tackles, eight passes defended and two interceptions across 13 games. Jones will enter the third year of his five-year, $60 million contract in 2019, and is likely to return as the Dolphins' starting strong safety.
Jones is questionable to return to Sunday's game against the Bills due to a leg injury, Joe Schad of The Palm Beach Post reports.
Jones sustained a leg injury during the third quarter of Sunday's contest. The veteran playmaker scored a pick-six to close out the first half, and would be a notable loss to Miami's secondary if he were unable to return. Cornell Armstrong will start at strong safety as long as Jones remains sidelined.
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