Miami Dolphins head coach Brian Flores has underlined that the team doesn't want to trade All-Pro cornerback Xavien Howard. Just before the start of training camp, Howard requested a trade from the Dolphins because he was unhappy with his current contract.
“We don’t want to trade X. You can write that down,” Flores said. “He’s a very good player. He’s a big part of the team. We don’t want to trade him”. Flores has revealed that the team has had productive talks with Howard.
“I think every conversation is productive,” Flores said. “We’ve gotten into specifics of Xs and Os, contract, things of that nature and I think they’ve been productive. Like I said last week, I think we’re moving in the right direction.
And we’ll just continue to keep talking to him and his representation. And, again, I think we want these things to happen quickly — we want them to happen right now. But some things take time and we’ll work through it and hopefully come to the best resolution for all sides”.
Flores insists talks are progressing
“Last week I stood up here and I’ll say it again — talks are progressing,” Flores claimed. “I’m not going to get into the details of those conversations, but talks are progressing.
You take [from] that what you want. And, again, these things, they take time. But as long as the lines of communication are open, as long as everyone’s willing to compromise, then we can get something done”. While requesting a trade, Howard explained what his position what.
"I want to clear up a few misconceptions about my situation," Howard said in a statement posted on his social media. "My agent David Canter and I have never once asked for a completely new contract. We wanted things to work out with the Dolphins, and brought solutions to the table -- like guaranteeing more money -- that we felt were win-wins for both sides.
These were proposals of adjustments that wouldn't just make me feel more respected, but were also cap friendly. But the Dolphins refused everything we proposed. "That is why I don't feel the organization has dealt with me in good faith.
I don't feel valued or respected by the Dolphins. Just like they take a business-first approach, so can I. That is why I want to make it clear I'm not happy, and have requested a trade. Until that trade happens, I am just here so I don't get fined, and will handle myself like professionals do."