A source close to Dolphins SS Reshad Jones confirmed Jones is skipping OTAs due to displeasure with his contract.
The source says Jones won't report to any of the Fins' upcoming three OTA practices "unless contract talks begin." The Dolphins are also missing Randy Starks, who signed his one-year franchise tender but would prefer a long-term commitment. Starks will be back by training camp. The Fins' bigger problem is Jones, who clearly has a bone to pick after GM Jeff Ireland spent over $200 million in max contractual worth this offseason, and didn't include him.
Dolphins SS Reshad Jones was a no-show for the start of OTAs Monday, and the team spent "much of the morning" attempting to locate him.
Miami Herald reporter Armando Salguero passes along "speculation" among teammates that Jones -- entering a contract year -- is "unsatisfied" with the progress of long-term extension talks with the Dolphins. GM Jeff Ireland spent more money than any front-office executive in the NFL this offseason, so Jones understandably feels snubbed after a breakout 2012 season. It's an inherent risk with free-agency building, as the Fins did. Locker-room turmoil is near inevitable.
The South Florida Sun-Sentinel confirms Kelcie McCray is "in the mix" for the Dolphins' free safety job.
McCray went undrafted in 2012 and spent his rookie season on injured reserve, but the Dolphins are counting on him to take a big step forward now that he's finally healthy. Miami didn't address free safety in the draft. McCray will compete for a starting role with Chris Clemons and Jimmy Wilson in training camp.
Dolphins TE Michael Egnew has taken up mixed martial arts this offseason, and believes it's helped him "learn how to compete."
It's a good thing Egnew is learning how to compete, because he clearly didn't know how to as a rookie. "I expect to play this year," Egnew said. "I've gotten stronger. I'm absolutely ready." Just one year removed from being the No. 78 overall pick, Egnew is buried on the depth chart. Dustin Keller is the starter, while fourth-rounder Dion Sims should be the primary blocker. Egnew's camp will be all about saving his roster spot.
Dolphins signed fifth-round RB Mike Gillislee to a four-year, $2.322 million contract.
Although Gillislee lacks special traits, he couldn't possibly be any worse than Dolphins incumbent backup and second-round flop Daniel Thomas. Gillislee fights hard for yards, has some necessary shake to him, and flashed violence in blitz pickup at Florida. With Lamar Miller having only carried the football 51 career times, Gillislee is a sleeper for rookie-year fantasy value.
Dolphins signed fourth-round TE Dion Sims to a four-year contract.
The 106th overall pick, Sims was primarily used as a blocker at Michigan State, but has slimmed down and is a natural pass catcher, even if he offers no explosive traits with the football in his hands. The Fins seem to believe Sims can grow into an Alge Crumpler type. He's expected to play significant snaps as a rookie behind blocking-deficient starter Dustin Keller.
Dolphins claimed WR Marvin McNutt off waivers from the Eagles.
A 2012 sixth-rounder, McNutt couldn't make it past final cuts before being promoted from the practice squad for four games late in the season. McNutt has 4.50 wheels to go along with a 6-foot-3, 216-pound frame, but has the makings of a career special teamer/practice squader.