Making the case that he has surpassed his contract, the Miami Dolphins Pro Bowl cornerback Xavien Howard said in a statement Tuesday night that he has requested a trade.
“I do not feel valued or respected by the dolphins,” Howard said. “Just as they can take a business-first approach, so can I.”
Howard reported to training camp Tuesday but was frustrated all summer that Miami would not adjust his contract.
In 2019, Howard signed a five-year, $ 75 million deal that at the time made him the highest paid cornerback in the NFL. But he owes $ 12 million in non-guaranteed money this year while coming out of a 10-wicket season (the most in the NFL since 2007) that earned him an All-Pro nod.
Howard’s contract is now in sixth place on average per. Years, and he recently switched agents to navigate in his pressure for a stronger deal.
“I’m one of the best cornerbacks in the NFL, and the band backs that claim,” Howard said. “Still, I’m the second highest paid cornerback on my own team and it’s not even close.”
Byron Jones, corner opposite Howard, earned a five-year $ 82.5 million deal in free agency last year.
Howard and his new agent, David Canter, never requested a new deal, but instead offered solutions such as more guaranteed money on a recast contract, Howard said. The organization denied these seats, and “I do not feel that the organization has treated me in good faith,” he said.
“Therefore, I want to make it clear that I am not satisfied and have requested a trade,” Howard said. “Until this trade happens, I’m just here, so I do not get fined and will deal with myself as professionals do.”
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