Monday, July 12, 2010

Dolphins sign fifth-round pick Reshad Jones

The Miami Dolphins inked another one of their draft picks Monday, signing safety Reshad Jones to a four-year contract.

Drafted by the Dolphins in the fifth round out of Georgia, Jones received a four-year, $1.95 million contract that included a signing bonus of just more than $160,000.

As with the other Dolphins' rookies signed to this point, Jones will receive minimum base salaries of $320,000 in 2010, $405,000 in 2011, $490,000 in 2012, and $575,000 in 2013.

Barring an extension of the Collective Bargaining Agreement, Jones will have two years of restricted free agency following the end of his rookie deal before he will be able to hit the open market.

Projected by some as a second- or third-round pick, Jones totaled 194 tackles and pulled down 11 interceptions during his three-year career with the Bulldogs.

In Miami, Jones is currently penciled in as the second-string free safety behind 2009 fifth-rounder Chris Clemons. However, the Dolphins should give Jones every opportunity to win the starting job as a rookie if he outplays his competition.

With the signing of Jones, the Dolphins have only first-round pick Jared Odrick, second-round pick Koa Misi, and third-round pick John Jerry as their only unsigned picks.

The Dolphins open training camp July 30 in Davie, Fla.

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