Xavien Howard has had a rollercoaster week with the Miami Dolphins. After making a public trade request days ago, he says that he hopes a deal with the Miami Dolphins can still be worked out, though he doesn’t sound overly optimistic.
In the initial request, Howard said that he and his agent “wanted things to work out with the Dolphins, and brought solutions to the table – like guaranteeing more money – the we felt were win-wins for both sides,” but that the team has shot down “everything we proposed.” He believes the extension he signed in 2018 is well below the player that he has become, and doesn’t feel that the organization has treated him as such.
Howard was a First-Team All-Pro in 2020, his second All-Pro bid after making the second-team in 2018. Both years, he led the NFL in interceptions. He has 22 picks in his career.
Though he’s sticking with the trade request, he is still reporting to training camp to avoid fines. He also says he still hopes that things “get better” with the Miami Dolphins, and remains open to working things out with the franchise.
Xavien Howard says he'd like to remain with the Dolphins but won't get into how likely that is. Here are his first public comments since posting a trade request on social media. https://t.co/2gEbbTDQVw
— Hal Habib (@gunnerhal) July 31, 2021
“Sure. I hope so it will get better,” Xavien Howard said of negotiations, via Hal Habib of The Palm Beach Post. “It’s a process. I’m hearing this and hearing that, but nothing is getting done right now.”
He and head coach Brian Flores sent mixed signals about their talks. Flores says the two spoke today, while Howard says they did not. The cornerback says they have talked recently, “But it didn’t go nowhere.”
Howard is in the second year of a five-year, $75.25 million extension with the team, that has him hitting free agency in 2025. He’s the fifth-highest paid cornerback in the NFL, according to Spotrac, but only second at the position on his team, behind Byron Jones. He admitted that it bother him in the trade request.
“I didn’t mind,” Jones said in response. “Because truthfully, man, the guy is one of the best. The guy had 10 interceptions last year. There is no secret to his impact on the defense. And his impact on the team. When a guy has a season like that, he’s the freaking best. So I understand what he’s trying to do. That’s my boy.”