Dolphins, Xavien Howard comply with re-structured deal preserving All-Professional cornerback in Miami

The Miami Dolphins and Xavien Howard have agreed to a re-structured contract that may preserve the disgruntled All-Professional cornerback in Miami, CBS Sports activities NFL Insider Jonathan Jones has confirmed. The NFL Media’s Mike Garafolo first reported the deal, which features a $1 million Professional Bowl incentive and extra $3.5 million in incentives bringing his most worth for 2021 to $16,285,294. 

“I used to be simply pleased about the entire scenario,” Howard informed reporters on Sunday, by way of Professional Soccer Discuss. “I am simply pleased to be right here and compete with the staff. It feels nice to be out right here with my staff, getting higher. We acquired the deal completed so it feels nice to be out right here.”

In 2022, Howard would obtain $500K in per-game roster bonuses and $100K in exercise bonuses. Howard, an All-Professional in 2020, tallied 10 interceptions, which led the league. Assurances have been made that the 2 events would re-negotiate a deal “consistent with market primarily based on well being and 2021 efficiency” in February or March.

The 28-year-old has amassed 22 interceptions since being taken within the second spherical of the 2016 NFL Draft.

“We’re excited to have gotten this completed and we’re wanting ahead to persevering with enhancing with X and his teammates on a day-to-day foundation,” Dolphins head coach Brian Flores mentioned Sunday. 

On July 27, the Baylor product requested a commerce. Flores made it identified that he didn’t need to half with Howard. The frustration started over Howard’s unhappiness with the contract that he signed in Could of 2019. Miami signed cornerback Byron Jones to a extra profitable deal final offseason, making Howard the second highest paid cornerback on his personal staff.

Flores was requested if the up to date settlement is sufficient to preserve Howard pleased by the length of the contract or if it may be extra of a short-term method.

“We’re excited to have X, he’s clearly an excellent participant and a very good teammate,” he mentioned. “You may see that by the way in which his teammates assist him. I’m a someday at a time man so that’s how we’re going to method issues. In any negotiation, I believe compromise is vital, which we talked in regards to the different day. On the finish of the day, we needed each side to be pleased and we really feel like that’s the case proper now and we’ll transfer ahead.”

Howard’s illustration, David Canter, issued the next assertion.

“Wish to thank Coach Flores, Chris Grier and Brandon Shore for doing one thing sudden and troublesome to say the least. Many occasions over the previous 8 months all of us didn’t anticipate something to occur. The group dealt with us with absolute class and professionalism.”

The Dolphins rescinded $93,000 in fines over Howard lacking minicamp this offseason. Miami opens the common season Sept. 12 on the street in opposition to the Patriots. Miami has the second finest odds to win the AFC East — behind the Payments — in line with Caesars Sportsbook.


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