Xavien Howard has heard trade rumors

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If Xavien Howard has his way, he will remain in Miami as one of the league’s highest-paid cornerbacks.

Howard, fresh off his first Pro Bowl, is eligible for a new deal this season. The sides have yet to begin talks as Howard said the Dolphins are not “in a rush to do anything.”

Howard said after the season finale he wanted to be the NFL’s highest-paid cornerback, which currently is Josh Norman at $15 million per season. Some have wondered, with the Dolphins in a rebuilding mode, if they would try to trade their best player.

They traded receiver Jarvis Landry last offseason after failing to get a long-term deal done.

“I seen that. No, the trade rumors do not bother me,” Howard said, via Cameron Wolfe of ESPN. “It is what it is. It’s a business. Be prepared for it. Wherever I go, it don’t matter; I’m still going to be busting my butt.”

Howard, with 11 interceptions in his past 17 games, will get paid by someone. It’s a matter of when and by whom.

16 responses to “Xavien Howard has heard trade rumors

  1. X is one of my favorite players. I believe he is worth a big contract and can be one of the cornerstones of the team going forward.
    How this plays out will certainly reveal how management is approaching 2019/2020 and beyond.
    Trading for a draft pick(s) of equal value as a #1 lock down corner may be attractive.

  2. He hasn’t proven he can stay healthy for an entire season, not a single CB is worth 15mill a season. It totally screws up the salary cap of a team. Should he be paid 10 or 12 yes, 15 no!! If we can get a high 1st rounder then trade him. If not the franchise tag isnt quite 15 so use that.
    I’m sick and tired of Miami having all these me first players that haven’t proven squat for more then one season. Do something again next season and then get paid. You are a top CB for sure, but put that back to back for a couple seasons and then demand highest paid CB. I’ve never read one article about him that his team mates complimented him on being a leader and team first mentality. If you do not have that, then you really aren’t worth keeping. You see this Super Bowl coming up you have one team that is tight and all about team first and then you see another team that tried to buy a Super Bowl, we all know who is going to come out on top of that one.

  3. ryann252013 says:
    January 30, 2019 at 9:52 am

    Remember when Adam Gase was the evil mind behind trading away the talent on the Dolphins?


    Nope. That would be the GM.

  4. I see some kind of Even swop for a signal caller. Possibly Philly for Foles. Foles is FA but Philly can still tag him which would bring something to the table for his services. And its obvious they need CB’s and we need a good signal caller. I’d make that trade.

  5. These rumors are not coming from the team. Only media speculation. Before we start hearing the “stupid team trading their best players” narrative

  6. If the Dolphins had a shot at the playoffs maybe trade rumors would bother him. As things are, I can see why they don’t.

  7. Maybe it’s just me but I get the feeling this guy won’t be easy to deal with going forward. He had a good season this year with 7 ints but he doesn’t play full seasons. You never know how a player will show up after getting paid either. I’d like to see another season from him before I put him in Patrick Peterson’s pay range.

  8. Build the team around the GOOD YOUNG PLAYERS like Xavien Howard, Laremy Tunsil, Kenyan Drake, etc… Keep the value for whatever few picks we did get right. PLUS, we are DRAFTING a QB, so the idea should be to spend the money elsewhere and PRAY we hit it big with the QB.

  9. If he were older, I’d say trade him because of the rebuild. However, with him being 25, I say sign him and let him be the cornerstone of the defense. This rebuild should only take a couple years, if done properly.

    (disclaimer: it’s the Dolphins, who am I fooling? This rebuild will never end.)

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