Report: Teams calling Dolphins about Xavien Howard
Several clubs - including two playoff teams - contacted the team about trading for the disgruntled cornerback, a source told NFL Network's Ian Rapoport.
Howard asked for a trade Tuesday, expressing disappointment with his contract situation. The 28-year-old, who led the NFL with 10 interceptions last season, isn't happy about being the second-highest-paid cornerback on his team after Byron Jones.
Howard became one of the NFL's top-paid defensive backs after signing a five-year, $75.25-million extension with Miami in 2019. One year later, the Dolphins also gave Jones a massive deal, signing him for five years and $82.5 million.
Jones ($16.5 million) and Howard ($15.05 million) currently rank fifth and sixth in average annual salary at the position, respectively, according to Spotrac.
Howard, a two-time Pro Bowler, earned his first career All-Pro berth last year after topping the league with 20 pass breakups. He also notched a career-high 51 tackles in 2020.
Meanwhile, Jones finished his debut campaign in Miami with two interceptions and four pass breakups.