'Always motivated,' DB Xavien Howard practices, leaves door open to stay with Miami Dolphins

MIAMI GARDENS (Fla.) -- Xavien HINDOW is leaving the door open for Miami Dolphins to resolve his contract problems. Howard, an All-Pro cornerback said Saturday that it was up to them. This was his first public comment since requesting a trade. On Tuesday night Howard posted an Instagram statement where he asked Miami if they acted in good faith regarding his $75 million, five-year extension. He also stated that he is unhappy and wants to leave. Howard stated in the statement that he doesn't feel valued or respected by Dolphins. "Just as they can adopt a business-first approach to their business, so can I." The contract's core problem is that it will pay $12 million in unguaranteed money in 2021. This puts it 12th among NFL cornerbacks, despite Howard's league-leading 10 interceptions for 2020. Howard, however, was slightly more relaxed when he spoke with Miami media following practice Saturday. His interview lasted less than three minutes. Howard (ankle), was a restricted participant in practice during his first training camp. Howard said that he was sure to stay with the Dolphins under a revised deal. It's a long process. Hearing this and that is what I am doing. I'm here right now, supporting the team." Howard was asked if he would play in the preseason. He said that he will, but that he is "always motivated to play well". Howard ranks second in the league for interceptions with 22 since 2016, ranking him second behind Baltimore's Marcus Peters. Howard stated that his relationship with Miami starting cornerback Byron Jones was strong despite Jones being on a larger $82.5 million contract as Miami’s No. Howard made this point in his statement in support of a stronger deal. Howard and David Canter, Howard's agent, suggested that Miami increase guarantees in 2021, or transfer money from future years into the current year to satisfy the player. Although Miami has not accepted the offers, coach Brian Flores stated that he hopes Miami continues to discuss the matter with Howard. Howard answered a question about his willingness to be on the team, if the Dolphins feel he is too valuable to trade. He simply replied, "I'm here."


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