Xavien Howard returned from a season-ending injury and surgery. Not only did he return, but he performed. Howard led the league in interceptions and finished third in Defensive Player of the Year voting.
Howard had a chip on his shoulder. He watched the Dolphins invest heavily in others at his position. That motivated him to remind them of his value.
Now Howard is making a bet on himself. Howard is early into a lucrative long-term contract but feels he has already outplayed that deal. The Dolphins did not expect to have to be worried about Howard’s contract this year but rather focused on other top players with expiring deals. It seems like Miami is doing just that and as a result, Howard is holding out.
This leaves the Dolphins with three options:
1. Renegotiate Xavien Howard’s contract
2. Trade Xavien Howard
3. Do Nothing and Wait Xavien Howard Out
In the latest episode of the Talking About Them Dolphins, Jamie Bahamas explains which of the three options Miami should go with.