At least there is no longer any mystery or suspense about star cornerback Xavien Howard’s intentions. What started out as a relatively minor spat with Dolphins management has turned into a full-blown, knock-down, drag-out slugfest. I think that at this point, we can all safely say that Howard has played his last down in a Miami Dolphins uniform.
Howard’s Instagram post this week, which I won’t bother to repeat here, probably sealed his fate once and for all, and effectively painted him into a corner (no pun intended) that may not be quite as easy to get out of as Howard may have been led to believe. You see, the list of teams who would be interested in a player of his caliber while also having the cap space to accommodate him — in other words, a team which believes it’s ready to contend for a Super Bowl right now, this year — yet also has the draft capital and/or players to offer as compensation, is exceedingly short.
And if neither the Dolphins nor Howard can find a suitor willing to pony up both a new contract (or extension) for the player, as well as the kind of compensation Miami is looking for, guess what? Howard effectively becomes this year’s version of LeVeon Bell, and probably won’t play again until the 2022 season. So, if he’s definitely done with the Dolphins, which would certainly seem to be the case at this point, then all that remains to be determined is whether or not Miami can trade him, either during training camp, on eve of the regular season or prior to the trade deadline. That’s the wrap for today, have a great week, everybody.