After the season ended, Dolphins Pro Bowl CB Xavien Howard said he wants to become the highest paid CB in the NFL. Redskins CB Josh Norman currently holds that honor at $15M annually.
Both sides have yet to begin talks and Howard says the Dolphins are not “in a rush to do anything.”
But Howard says he’s heard rumors about the Dolphins possibly trading him.
“I seen that. No, the trade rumors do not bother me,” Howard said, according to 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 is the true definition of a ball-hawk. He’s reeled in 11 INTs in his past 17 games dating back to 2017 and just played in his first Pro Bowl.
With a new coach incoming and a rebuild likely starting, it makes you wonder if the Dolphins want to pay top dollar for a CB.
The Dolphins were in a similar situation last offseason with WR Jarvis Landry. After not getting a long-term deal done, Miami traded him to Cleveland.
Miami’s new regime, headed by GM Chris Grier, will have to decide whether Howard’s value is larger as a highly paid franchise player or as a highly sought-after trade chip to help Miami get its franchise QB.
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