There’s a good chance the Miami Dolphins will secure a trade with Xavien Howard by the start of the 2021 NFL season in September.
The reigning NFL interception leader has stayed away from off-season activities and is keen on a new contract after signing a five-year, $ 75.25 million extension in May 2019. For their part, the Dolphins are on the move. are opposed to an extension – leading to the possibility of a successful trade.
According to Mike Silver of NFL MediaHoward’s acquisition cost is at least a first-round pick and a willingness to sign him for an overtime. Silver elaborated on this report a bit, indicating that several teams are interested in Howard.
“There are several teams, all in a win-now mode, considering such a decision. If no one comes together to pay Miami’s price, Howard (who skipped the offseason schedule) could try to force the issue by not holding training camp. He could be fined $ 50,000 per day in this scenario. Stay tuned,” the NFL insider noted.
Potential extension of Xavien Howard’s contract
In terms of average annual salary, Howard ranks sixth among cornerbacks, just behind teammate Byron Jones.
- Jalen Ramsey, Los Angeles Rams ($ 20 million)
- Marlon Humphrey, Baltimore Ravens ($ 19.5 million)
- Tre’Davious White, Buffalo Bills ($ 17.25 million)
- Darius Slay, Philadelphia Eagles ($ 16.68 million)
- Byron Jones, Miami Dolphins ($ 16.5 million)
- Xavien Howard, Miami Dolphins ($ 15.05 million)
As you can see there is quite a big dolphin quagmire here. They now have two of the six highest-paid cornerbacks in the NFL. It is not an ideal situation.
As for Howard, he’s right to want a raise. Last season, the former Baylor star led the NFL in passes defended (20) and interceptions (10). It was the second time in three years that the cornerback has led the league in picks after registering seven in 2018. He is likely looking at $ 19 million a year with an overtime.
Xavien Howard commercial destinations
We focused earlier this offseason on three teams that might make the most sense for the All-Pro cornerback. That list included the Arizona Cardinals, the Minnesota Vikings, and the Seattle Seahawks.
Now with the training camps starting here, it will be pretty much cap situations for individual teams.
The New York Jets have the biggest margin at $ 35.33 million. They also boast of having the draft capital to make a trade with Xavien Howard. That said, New York is in the early stages of a rebuild and isn’t going to give up a first-round selection. Heck, would Miami even move Howard to a division rival?
Of the other teams with the ability to not only acquire Howard but also sign him for overtime, the Los Angeles Chargers might make sense. They surprisingly released former pro Bowler Casey Hayward earlier in the offseason and have a need in the defensive secondary.
Of course, other teams without much room can create flexibility by releasing a player or restructuring contracts.
As Silver noted in his report, those who seem interested in Howard would likely only be rival teams for now. Maybe the Cleveland Browns will follow with their $ 20.75 million cap. They are legitimate title contenders and could afford to exhaust a first round on someone like Howard.
Either way, it’s a story that will grab attention as the NFL’s offseason draws to a close and training camps open later this month.
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