Update: The Miami Dolphins released a statement saying the reports of a potential trade involving CB Xavien Howard are false.
“The report in the South Florida Sun Sentinel is factually inaccurate and based on rumors. The paper practiced poor journalism by not reaching out to the team for comment or the chance to respond to the story. We are not exploring any trades regarding Xavien Howard.”
Barry Jackson reports that a couple of teams have inquired about Howard and he spoke to the team about it, but chose not to report until a fuller picture and details emerged.
Schad says this confirms an earlier report by Omar Kelly.
This would be somewhat of a surprise, as the Dolphins made Howard the highest-paid corner in football at the time last year and he’s tied for the NFL lead with four interceptions.
While those players appeared to have been brought in to complement Howard, they could end up being his replacement.
Howard, 27, is a former second-round pick of the Dolphins back in 2016. He was in the final year of his four-year, $6,128,038 and set to make a base salary of $1,285,641 for the 2019 season when he agreed to a five-year, $76.5 million extension that includes $46 million guaranteed with Miami last offseason.
In 2020, Howard has appeared in six games for the Dolphins and recorded 11 tackles, four interceptions and six pass defenses. Pro Football Focus has him rated as the No. 9 corner out of 118 qualifying players.
We’ll have more on Howard as the news is available.