Brian Flores “not sure” Xavien Howard will be at minicamp

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Dolphins defensive end Emmanuel Ogbah is set to attend Dolphins minicamp despite his desire for a new contract, but another of the team’s defensive starters may not be joining the club.

Cornerback Xavien Howard has also been away from the team during the voluntary portion of the offseason program and head coach Brian Flores told reporters on Tuesday that he had not seen Howard. He acknowledged that it is a “contract situation” and that he does not know if Howard will be reporting.

“I’m not sure he’s going to be here today. Again, I haven’t seen him. I expect him to be here, but I haven’t seen him yet,” Flores said, via Safid Deen of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel.

Howard signed a five-year extension with the Dolphins in 2019 and has a fully guaranteed salary of $12.075 million this season.

7 responses to “Brian Flores “not sure” Xavien Howard will be at minicamp

  1. Let one of these guys sit a season and miss those checks. I’m sick of this. You signed the contract. Just because it was front loaded doesn’t mean you get to whine and say you’re underpaid for “one year.”

  2. Best corner in football and he’s only the second highest paid corner on his team. Makes sense. That kind of impact deserves that kind of money.

    Ogbah’s not good enough to worry about. I don’t pay for coverage sacks but I will pay for coverage.

    With Jaelen Phillips in the fold, Ogbah isn’t critical.

  3. Trade him, pick up Richard Sherman for a 1-year deal and grab a cornerback in next year’s draft.

  4. I wonder how many players would like to negotiate one year deals every season? If you don’t like the long term contract don’t sign it. Oh, but they don’t want that, they want the front loaded money. They want the best of both worlds. Don’t get me wrong I don’t blame them. It’s the “name of the game” or it’s “just business” as they say.

  5. You can’t renegotiate with so many years left on a contract. I didn’t see him return money when he couldn’t stay on the field. He jumped at the contract because he was so injury prone. I’d call his bluff. Enjoy retirement if you can’t accept what you signed 2 years ago.

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