All-Pro cornerback Xavien Howard and the Miami Dolphins have agreed to restructure his deal. Laat month, Howard requested a trade from the Dolphins because he was unhappy with his contract. Howard's main issue with his past contract was that it was set to pay $12 million in nonguaranteed money in 2021 and that ranked at No.
12 among NFL cornerbacks. Dolphins head coach Brian Flores was happy that they managed to reach a deal with Howard. However, the Dolphins did not disclose the details of the contract. "In any negotiation, compromise is important," Flores said.
Howard requested a trade last month
"I've given my heart and soul to the Miami Dolphins franchise since they drafted me in 2016, and want to make it clear that I love my teammates," Howard's statement reads.
"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. My experience with the Dolphins the past few seasons has taught me that.
"In 2018, I signed an extension that I'll admit I didn't completely understand, or feel comfortable with. I've played on that deal for two seasons and didn't complain, but everyone knows I've significantly outperformed that deal.
I'm one of the best cornerbacks in the NFL, and the tape backs up that claim. The assignments I'm given, shadowing the opposition's best player with little help, proves my value, my worth. Yet, I'm the second highest-paid cornerback on my own team, and it's not even close."
Howard claimed the Dolphins didn't initially negotiate with him in good faith. "I want to clear up a few misconceptions about my situation. 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."