Cornerback Xavien Howard showed up at training camp for the Dolphins on Tuesday morning. He avoided daily fines of $ 50,000. That’s the only reason Howard is at camp, he said in a social media post Tuesday night.
Howard said he asked for a trade, and it looks like he will “hold on” until he gets a contract to his liking or a new home.
“I have given my heart and soul to the Miami Dolphins franchise since they drafted me in 2016 and I want to make it clear that I love my teammates. They are my family, ”Howard wrote on Instagram. “But what I’ve learned is that the business side of the NFL proves that organizations don’t always have a player’s best interests at heart. My experience with the Dolphins over the past few seasons has taught me that. In 2018 [sic], I signed an extension that I admit that I did not fully understand or that I did not feel comfortable with. I played on this deal for two seasons and haven’t complained, but everyone knows I have largely outperformed this deal. I’m one of the best cornerbacks in the NFL, and the gang backs that up. The missions entrusted to me, to follow the best opposing player with little help, prove my worth, my worth. Still, I’m the second highest-paid cornerback on my own team, and it’s not even close.
“I want to dispel some misconceptions about my situation. My agent, David Canter, and I never asked for a brand new contract. We wanted things to work out with the Dolphins and brought solutions to the table – like securing more money – that we thought would be a win-win for both parties. These were suggested adjustments that would not only make me feel more respected, but were also in favor of the caps. But the Dolphins refused anything we offered. This is why I think the organization did not deal with me in good faith. I don’t feel valued or respected by the Dolphins. Just as they can take a business-oriented approach, so can I. This is why I want to clarify that I am not satisfied and that I have requested an exchange. Until that happens, I’m right here so I don’t get fined and will behave like the pros do.
Howard actually signed his $ 75.25 million five-year extension with the Dolphins in 2019. He has a fully guaranteed salary of $ 12.075 million this season. But his average of $ 15.05 million per season ranks sixth, even behind teammate Byron Jones’ annual average of $ 16.5 million.
Howard led the league with 10 interceptions in 2020 and won the first-team All-Pro for the first time.
Howard, 28, has 22 interceptions and 55 broken passes in 56 career games.