Miami Dolphins cornerback Xavien Howard said in a statement Tuesday that he has requested a trade.
“I don’t feel valued, or respected, by the Dolphins,” Howard said. “Just like they can take a business-first approach, so can I.”
Howard was frustrated all summer. He felt that he outperformed his contract and wanted the team to make some adjustments to the deal. He still, however, reported to training camp on Tuesday.
Howard was signed in 2019 on a five-year, $75 million deal, making him the highest-paid cornerback in the NFL at that time. This year, he is due $12 million in non-guaranteed money.
Howard recently switched agents in order to bid for some adjustments to his deal. His current contract currently ranks sixth in the per-year average.
“I’m one of the best cornerbacks in the NFL, and the tape backs up that claim,” Howard said. “Yet, I’m the second-highest-paid cornerback on my own team, and it’s not even close.”
It is known that last year, Byron Jones, the corner opposite Howard, was signed to a five-year, $82.5 million deal in free agency.
The Dolphins recently rejected his new agent, David Canter’s, pitches for more guaranteed money on a reworked contract. Howard was not pleased with the refusal.
“I don’t feel the organization has dealt with me in good faith,” said the cornerback. “That’s why I want to make it clear I’m not happy and have requested a trade.”