The Miami Dolphins have signed fourth-year safety Reshad Jones to a four-year contract extension, Mike Florio of ProFootballTalk.com reports.
Jones was entering the final season of his rookie contract and was scheduled to earn $1.323 million in non-guaranteed base salary. According to Adam Beasley of the Miami Herald, the extension is worth $30 million over four seasons with over $15 million guaranteed.
With Jones receiving $7.5 million per year in "new money", his extension exceeds the $7 million per year that fellow 2010 fifth-round pick Kam Chancellor received from the Seattle Seahawks in his extension from April and the $6.1875 million per year that Green Bay Packers safety Morgan Burnett received in his extension in July.
Jones has gradually played a large role on the Dolphins' defense. As a rookie, Jones played in just under 15 percent of the defensive snaps, but his playing-time percentage increased to nearly 60 percent in 2011. Last season, Jones played on 99.55 percent of the defensive snaps, missing just five plays on the season.
Overall, Jones has started 30 of 44 games over the last three seasons, totaling 182 tackles, four sacks and six interceptions.
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