Dec 26, 2020; Paradise, Nevada, USA; Miami Dolphins cornerback Xavien Howard (25) against the Las Vegas Raiders at Allegiant Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Report: Dolphins restructure CB Xavien Howard’s contract

The Miami Dolphins have restructured star cornerback Xavien Howard’s contract following his trade request, ESPN reported Sunday.

Head coach Brian Flores said the team was “excited” to come to terms with the two-time Pro Bowl selection. He did not disclose financial details.

According to ESPN, Miami fully guaranteed Howard’s 2021 base salary of $12.785 million while adding up to $3.5 million in incentives. The team also adjusted his 2022 salary, including fully guaranteeing $6.775 million.

The Dolphins also agreed to rescind $93,000 in fines he accrued from skipping a mandatory minicamp this summer, per the report.

The report also said Howard received assurances that the team will renegotiate a new deal in the offseason based on his health and his performance in 2021.

Howard, who led the NFL with 10 interceptions and 20 passes defensed last season, became the league’s highest-paid cornerback when he signed a five-year, $75.1 million extension in 2019. He has since fallen to sixth in the NFL at the position.

He reported to training camp on July 27 and requested a trade later that night.

Howard added 51 tackles and one forced fumble in 16 games last season. He has 191 tackles, 22 interceptions and two forced fumbles in 56 career games (55 starts) since being selected by Miami in the second round of the 2016 NFL Draft.

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Miami Dolphins cornerback Xavien Howard (25) intercepts a pass intended for New York Jets wide receiver Jeff Smith (16) in the second quarter Sunday at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens.

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Dolphins coach on Xavien Howard: ‘We don’t want to trade him’

Miami Dolphins coach Brian Flores said Friday that he doesn’t want to see star cornerback Xavien Howard traded from the team.

“We don’t want to trade X. You can write that down,” Flores said. “He’s a very good player. He’s a big part of the team. We don’t want to trade him.”

Howard, 28, reported to training camp on July 27 and requested a trade later that night.

The two-time Pro Bowl selection will have a base salary of $12.075 million in 2021. However, teammate Byron Jones will make more this season ($14 million) after signing a five-year, $82.5 million contract in March 2020.

Flores said progress is being made on resolving the contract situation, but wasn’t interested in going into detail on Friday.

“Last week I stood up here and I’ll say it again — talks are progressing,” Flores said. “I’m not going to get into the details of those conversations, but talks are progressing. You take (from) that what you want. And, again, these things, they take time. But as long as the lines of communication are open, as long as everyone’s willing to compromise, then we can get something done.”

Howard led the NFL with 10 interceptions and 20 passes defensed last season and added 51 tackles and one forced fumble in 16 games. He has 191 tackles, 22 interceptions and two forced fumbles in 56 career games (55 starts) since being selected by Miami in the second round of the 2016 NFL Draft.

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Dec 26, 2020; Paradise, Nevada, USA; Miami Dolphins cornerback Xavien Howard (25) against the Las Vegas Raiders at Allegiant Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Dolphins CB Xavien Howard reports to training camp

Dolphins cornerback Xavien Howard reported to training camp on Tuesday morning in Miami Gardens, Fla.

Howard accumulated $93,000 in fines after skipping Miami’s mandatory minicamp last month. His absence reportedly was tied to his displeasure with his existing five-year, $75.25 million contract extension he signed in May 2019.

The two-time Pro Bowl selection will have a base salary of $12.075 million in 2021, however teammate Byron Jones will make more this season ($14 million) after signing a five-year, $82.5 million contract in March 2020.

Howard, on Tuesday, was shown fist-bumping wide receiver Jakeem Grant on a video posted by the Dolphins.

Dolphins coach Brian Flores was rather vague when discussing Howard’s return.

“We’re excited to work with X and all the players that are here,” Flores said. “Those conversations with X’s rep, Chris (Grier) and myself will be internal and confidential.”

Howard, 28, led the NFL with 10 interceptions last season and recorded 51 tackles and one forced fumble in 16 games. He has 191 tackles, 22 interceptions and two forced fumbles in 56 career games (55 starts) since being selected by Miami in the second round of the 2016 NFL Draft.

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Dec 26, 2020; Paradise, Nevada, USA; Miami Dolphins cornerback Xavien Howard (25) against the Las Vegas Raiders at Allegiant Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Dolphins CB Xavien Howard absent from minicamp

Miami Dolphins coach Brian Flores told reporters on Tuesday that he does not know if cornerback Xavien Howard will report for the team’s mandatory offseason minicamp this week in Davie, Fla.

Howard, 27, was absent from the team’s picture and promotional shoot day on Monday and was not spotted by Flores on Tuesday morning. Howard reportedly is seeking a new contract on the heels of recording an NFL-best 10 interceptions during his All-Pro season in 2020.

“Quite honestly, I’m not sure he’s going to be here today. Again, I haven’t seen him. I expect him to be here, but I haven’t seen him yet,” Flores said, via the South Florida Sun-Sentinel. “It’s pretty clear this is a contract situation, which we’ve talked about internally. … Obviously, we’ve had discussions and we’ll continue to have those discussions.”

Howard signed a five-year, $75.25 million contract extension with the Dolphins in May 2019. The two-time Pro Bowl selection will have a base salary of $12.075 million in 2021, however teammate Byron Jones will make more this season ($14 million) after signing a five-year, $82.5 million contract in March 2020.

“Not saying we’re drawing a line in the sand. But different players set the market every year. We love X — let me go ahead and say that right now so you guys can make sure you write that,” Flores said of Howard.

“We love him. He’s very productive. He’s a team player. He’s an important player on this team. But again, unique situation. We want to keep him here.”

Howard recorded 51 tackles and one forced fumble in 16 games last season. He has 191 tackles, 22 interceptions and two forced fumbles in 56 career games (55 starts) since being selected by Miami in the second round of the 2016 NFL Draft.

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Dec 6, 2020; Miami Gardens, Florida, USA; Miami Dolphins cornerback Xavien Howard (25) intercepts the a pass intended for Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Tyler Boyd (83) during the first half at Hard Rock Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

Bengals’ Boyd, Dolphins’ Howard ejected for fighting

Cincinnati Bengals receiver Tyler Boyd and Miami Dolphins cornerback Xavien Howard were ejected from Sunday’s game for throwing punches on the sideline.

The incident occurred with 1:08 left in the first half after an incomplete pass from Brandon Allen to Boyd.

Video replay showed Howard shoving Boyd with his left hand. Miami cornerback Byron Jones stepped between the players and Boyd made contact with Jones’ helmet while apparently reaching for Howard. Howard then took a swipe at Boyd’s chin with his right hand as the receiver was being pulled away by a coach.

Visiting Cincinnati was leading 7-3 at the time of the ejections thanks to Boyd’s 72-yard touchdown reception in the first quarter.

Boyd, 26, entered the game with 72 catches for 725 yards and three touchdowns this season. Howard, 27, made his league-leading eighth interception while covering Boyd in the first quarter.

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Sep 8, 2019; Miami Gardens, FL, USA; Miami Dolphins cornerback Xavien Howard (25) is introduced before a game against the Baltimore Ravens at Hard Rock Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

Dolphins place CB Howard on reserve/COVID-19 list

The Miami Dolphins placed Pro Bowl cornerback Xavien Howard on the reserve/COVID-19 list on Tuesday.

The list is for players who have either tested positive or been quarantined due to close contact with a person who has the coronavirus.

Howard, 27, began training camp on the physically unable to perform list. He is still working his way back from a left knee injury that limited him to five games in 2019. He had surgery in December.

A second-round pick by Miami in 2016, Howard has 12 interceptions, 35 passes defensed and 140 tackles in 40 career games (39 starts). He made the Pro Bowl and shared the NFL lead with seven picks in 2018.

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