1. S Reshad Jones, RG John Jerry earn pay bumps for 2013.
No one played more for the Dolphins in 2012 than Jones and Jerry, a couple of third-year players who earned full-time starting roles for the first time. Jerry, who started all 16 games at right guard, led all Dolphins’ offensive players with 1,053 snaps played out of a possible 1,057, while Jones was on the field for 1,140 of 1,146.
And the two will be rewarded with a nice pay increase for 2013, as per guidelines outlined in the new CBA. Scheduled to make $630,000 this year, the final year of their initial rookie contracts, Jerry and Jones will both earn more than double that next season, with base salaries of $1.323 million, according to NFLPA records.
Jones, a 2010 fifth-round pick out of Georgia, has developed into one of the Dolphins’ best defensive players, and may receive a long-term contract extension this offseason. Jones led the Dolphins with four interceptions, and added two forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries, a sack and nine passes defended while starting all 16 games.
Jerry, meanwhile, got his weight under control after reporting to training camp 30 pounds overweight at 360 and played well last year, allowing just two sacks in 16 games.
“I was proud of John,” GM Jeff Ireland
said last week at the Senior Bowl. “John didn’t have a great training camp, and so he was kind of working to catch up a little bit. If John comes back in good shape and I think start where he left off, he’s got a real good opportunity. So I think John still has a big arrow up on his future.”