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Mike Silver of the NFL Network is reporting that “there’s a lot of trade chatter concerning” Miami Dolphins defensive back Xavien Howard.
Howard reportedly is unhappy with his contract after signing a five-year, $75.25 million extension with the Dolphins two years ago. According to Silver, the All-Pro cornerback wants a new deal after a stellar 2020 campaign. “He’s not likely to get it from Miami, ” per Silver. “It would take at least a first-round pick to land him. There are several teams, all-in win-now mode, pondering such a move.” Howard could force the issue and threaten a holdout during training camp. The 28-year-old racked up 51 tackles, 10 interceptions, and a forced fumble across 16 games in 2020. Stay tuned.
Dolphins CB Xavien Howard didn't attend the start of the team's mandatory minicamp.
Howard is reportedly upset with his contract. Coach Brian Flores noted that the team gave him an extension prior to the 2020 season, so it's a unique situation that he already wants to renegotiate. Howard is currently signed through 2024 so he doesn't have a ton of leverage at the moment.
Xavien Howard is recovering from knee surgery that limited the former pro-bowl cornerback to just five games in 2019. Howard did indicate that his recovery is "going well, right on track" and stated his excitement about playing alongside pro-bowl cornerback Byron Jones, who was the Dolphins' most expensive free agent acquisition.
Howard and Jones will be a lethal duo against opposing wideouts in 2020. Miami spent a lot to reconstruct their defense this offseason but Howard's health and availability is key to making it work. Expect first-round rookie slot CB Noah Igbinoghene to move outside if Howard ends up missing time Week 1.
Dolphins coach Brian Flores says top corner Xavien Howard (knee) is "trending in the right direction."
Specifically, Flores mentioned that Howard looks fast and quick in his recovery. We won't get official injury reports until next week but it seems as if Howard has a good chance at suiting up for Week 1 against the Patriots.
Dolphins coach Brian Flores says top corner Xavien Howard could suit up for the team's Week 1 contest against the Patriots.
Howard was just activated off the COVID-19 list after missing 16 days. He also spent most of the 2019 season on injured reserve with a knee issue. His absence in Week 1 would be a massive win for Patriots skill players.