Fins rework Howard’s deal after commerce demand


The Miami Dolphins have restructured Xavien Howard‘s contract after the All-Professional cornerback requested a commerce final month.

Coach Brian Flores mentioned the group was “excited” to have reached the settlement however didn’t disclose particulars of the contract.

“In any negotiation compromise is vital,” Flores mentioned.

Howard’s 2021 base wage of $12.785 million was absolutely assured and a most of $3.5 million in incentives had been added, sources confirmed to ESPN.

A core concern he had along with his contract earlier than it was restructured was that it was set to pay $12 million in nonguaranteed cash in 2021, which had ranked twelfth amongst NFL cornerbacks regardless of Howard’s league-leading 10 interceptions in 2020.

The Dolphins additionally agreed to rescind $93,000 in fines Howard accrued from skipping the staff’s obligatory minicamp, the sources mentioned.

The Dolphins additionally made changes to Howard’s contact for the 2022 season, absolutely guaranteeing $6.775 million of his wage, the sources mentioned. The rest of his $12.975 million wage is assured for damage and can be absolutely assured on the primary day of the league yr. The Dolphins additionally transformed $500,000 in per-game roster bonuses and a $100,000 exercise bonus to his base wage.

Howard, 28, additionally obtained assurances that the Dolphins will renegotiate a brand new deal within the offseason in keeping with the market primarily based on his well being and his efficiency within the 2021 season, in response to the sources.

Howard grew to become the NFL’s highest-paid cornerback when he signed his five-year, $75.1 million extension in 2019 however has since fallen to sixth. He identified in his Instagram put up that he’s now not the highest-paid cornerback on his personal staff, having been overtaken by Byron Jones, who signed a five-year, $82.5 million deal as an unrestricted free agent earlier than the 2020 offseason.

Howard led the NFL with 10 interceptions and 20 passes defended final season en path to being named a first-team All-Professional. He has 22 interceptions and 55 passes defended since coming into the league out of Baylor in 2016. Solely the Baltimore RavensMarcus Peters (23) has extra picks throughout that span.

The main points of Howard’s restructured contract had been first reported by NFL Community.

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