One storyline brewing in the Miami Dolphins organization right now is the contract holdout of starting cornerback Xavien Howard. He officially skipped the Miami Dolphins' entire three-day minicamp this past week and teammate Byron Jones recently gave his thoughts on the current situation.
Xavien Howard Contract
It shouldn't come as a shock to see one teammate supporting another here. There really isn't anything else for Jones as he simply wants to see Howard rejoin the team as soon as possible. Howard signed a massive five-year extension worth $75.25 million with Miami in 2019, yet the 27-year-old playmaker wants to rework the contract.
Reports claim Howard may be upset that he is currently earning less than his counterpart in Jones, who inked a five-year $82.5 million deal in free agency last year. There is no doubt that Howard played a major role on a Dolphins defense that gave up only 21.1 points per game last season (No. 4 in the NFL).
The veteran CB posted 51 tackles as well as a league-leading 20 pass breakups and 10 interceptions on his way to earning a spot on the All-Pro First Team. That is miles above the 37 tackles and 2 interceptions Jones finished with in the 14 games he played during his first season with the team.
For now, the Dolphins may play the waiting game and see how serious Howard is about his holdout. He has already taken on $93,000 in fines and that number will jump to $50,000 a day once training camp gets underway.
This will be a battle to keep an eye on throughout the summer as neither side seems to be willing to budge.
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