Xavien Howard Trade Rumors: The Miami cornerback has dominated most of the Dolphins’ headlines ahead of training camp. And after months of disarray, Howard finally announced that he has requested a trade from the Miami Dolphins.
Xavien Howard signed a massive $75.25M contract extension in the summer of 2019. But 2 years in, Howard seems adamant about signing a new contract after a career year in 2020.
Lowest passer rating allowed in 2020 among CBs (playoffs included):
🔒 Jaire Alexander – 52.9
🔒 Xavien Howard – 53.0 pic.twitter.com/hhJpVIiE87
— PFF (@PFF) January 28, 2021
Despite leading the league in interceptions (10) and passes defended (20) through the 2020 season, Howard is the sixth highest paid corner in the NFL — earning $15.1 million in average salary on his five-year, $75.25 million extension. Howard isn’t even the highest-paid secondary player on the roster. Byron Jones is slated to earn $40 million through the first two seasons of his five-year, $82.5 million deal.
Xavien Howard Trade Rumors: Dolphins Cornerback Publicly Demands Trade
In a public statement released on Tuesday night, Howard made it abundantly clear that he’s “unhappy” with his current contract.
“I’ve given my heart and soul to the Miami Dolphins franchise since they drafted me in 2016, and I want to make it abundantly clear that I love my teammates” Howard wrote. “They are my family. But what I’ve learned is that the business side of the NFL proves organizations don’t always have a player’s best interest at heart.”
Xavien Howard: pic.twitter.com/CdeL70tUqh
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) July 28, 2021
“Until that trade happens I am just here so I don’t get fined,” Howard wrote, “and will handle myself like professionals do.” In 55 career games, Howard has 22 interceptions and 55 deflections to go with 191 tackles.