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Report: Dolphins end feud with Xavien Howard by restructuring contract

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Miami Dolphins star cornerback Xavien Howard recently requested a trade because he wasn’t happy with his contract situation. However, it seems his issues have been resolved and he will be staying in Miami.

The Dolphins and Howard agreed to a restructuring of his contract that will give him more earning potential in the coming years, per NFL Network’s Mike Garafolo. Here are the details:

Howard’s agent released this statement on the new agreement:

Xavien Howard put out a statement at the start of training camp explaining his side of the situation and how he felt he had outplayed his contract. He felt disrespected and thought he should be getting more money based on his high-level production.

Dolphins head coach Brian Flores recently said the team had no interest in trading Howard, and now there’s a deal done. This is a great move to lock up one of the best cornerbacks in the NFL, and arguably the best.

The 28-year-old is coming off a season in which he racked up a league-high 10 interceptions and 20 passes defended. Howard earned First-Team All-Pro honors for his efforts and also made the Pro Bowl. It was his second Pro Bowl selection after he also got the nod in 2018. That year, he led the NFL in interceptions with seven.

With this feud seemingly behind them, Howard and the Dolphins can focus on this upcoming season. Miami is looking to make the playoffs after a stellar 10-6 2020 campaign, which saw them fall just short of the postseason. Howard will play a key role in their efforts to get back to the playoffs for the first time since the 2016 season.