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Xavien Howard asks the Dolphins for a trade: ‘I’m just here so I don’t get fined.’

The 28-year-old agreed to a five-year, $75 million contract, making him the highest-paid cornerback in the NFL at the time.
While coming off his greatest season in the league in 2020, he is due $12 million in non-guaranteed money in 2021.
Jalen Ramsey ($20 million AVG), Marlon Humphrey ($19.5 million AAV), Tre’Davious White ($17.25 million AAV), Darius Slay ($16.6 million AAV), and teammate Byron Jones ($16.5 million AAV) all have higher contracts than Howard.
Howard and his agency never asked for a new contract, preferring to propose alternatives such as more guaranteed money.
The Dolphins turned down those pitches, according to the Baylor product.
Howard was chosen 38th overall in the 2016 NFL Draft by Miami.
During his five-year career, he has 55 pass deflections and 22 interceptions to go along with two Pro Bowl appearances and a First Team All-Pro selection in 2020.
Regarding Howard’s future, ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler said on “SportsCenter” on Sunday that many in the NFL believe the Houston Texans could be a good fit for the two-time Pro Bowler.
This is due to the fact that Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson has asked for a trade and has stated that he would accept a transfer to Miami.

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Xavien Howard asks the Miami Dolphins for a trade: ‘I don’t feel valued or respected.’

Pro Bowl cornerback Xavien Howard of the Miami Dolphins revealed in a statement Tuesday night that he has requested a trade, arguing that he has outperformed his contract.
Howard stated, “I don’t feel cherished or respected by the Dolphins.”
“I can take a business-first approach just like they can.” Howard reported to training camp on Tuesday after being upset all summer by Miami’s refusal to modify his deal.
Howard signed a five-year, $75 million contract in 2019, making him the highest-paid cornerback in the NFL at the time.
But, after a 10-interception season (the most in the NFL since 2007) that won him an All-Pro selection, he is due $12 million in non-guaranteed money this year.
Howard’s contract is now the sixth-best per-year average, and he recently switched agents to help him negotiate a better deal.
“The footage backs up my assertion that I’m one of the finest cornerbacks in the league,” Howard said.
“But, I’m the second best paid cornerback on my own team, and it’s not even close.” In free agency last year, Byron Jones, the corner opposite Howard, signed a five-year, $82.5 million deal.
Howard and his new agent, David Canter, never asked for a new term, preferring to propose alternatives such as more guaranteed money on a modified contract, according to Howard.
The organization turned down those pitches, and he claimed that “the organization has not worked with me in good faith.”
“That’s why I want to be clear that I’m unhappy and have asked for a trade,” Howard stated.
“Until that trade comes, I’m just here to avoid getting fined, and I’ll handle myself like a pro,” Howard said. Howard has the ability to play press-man coverage and catch the ball.
Since joining the league in 2016, he has 22 interceptions and 55 pass deflections.
Just Marcus Peters (23) of the Baltimore Ravens had more picks in that time frame.
In 2019, Miami received two first-round selections in return for left tackle Laremy Tunsil, the last time it traded an outstanding talent.