Dolphins could hold off extending cornerback Xavien Howard
Miami Dolphins cornerback Xavien Howard has been fantastic the last two seasons, but this season was particularly special for the third-year corner. Howard led the league in interceptions along with Chicago Bears cornerback Kyle Fuller and Atlanta Falcons safety Damontae Kazee, recording seven picks in 2018. Considering his elite level of play as of late, Howard will be seeking a contract that will pay accordingly.
According to Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald, Howard is making a very strong case for the contract he is desiring and has played at an extremely high level. Howard is also young and can continue to make a case for one of the league’s best corners.
“Howard already set his market when he told reporters at season’s end he wants to be the highest paid cornerback in the NFL. So Howard wants to be above the $15 million per year deal the Redskins gave Josh Norman in 2016.”
Howard was named to his first Pro Bowl and was also named as a second-team All-Pro for his fantastic 2018 season. The only issue with the Dolphins’ stud cornerback is his injury history. Howard missed four games this season and only played in seven games in his rookie season due to knee injuries. The fact Howard led the league in interceptions despite only playing in 12 games is extremely impressive, but the Dolphins would likely love to see him play in more games before giving him a big deal.
The Dolphins should do whatever they can to keep their star cornerback, but at the price tag he seems to believe he deserves, it may be difficult to get a deal done. Howard did play in all 16 games last season and most of the games in 2018, so clearly he is capable of being dependable in the future.