This commercial lawsuit follows Howard’s earlier decision to skip the mandatory minicamp in search of a new contract. We recently heard that the defensive back was “In-depth” on the subject of the contract, and it was anticipated that he would stay away from the organization until the situation was resolved. Instead, the apparent confrontation has turned into a full-blown business request.
In his statement, Howard said that “the business side of the NFL shows that organizations don’t always have a player’s best interest at heart,” citing the extension that he was “uncomfortable” signing a few years ago. Howard also noted that he will continue to attend training camp to avoid fines.
“We wanted things to go well with the Dolphins and we brought solutions to the table, like guaranteeing more money, which we felt were win-win for both parties.” Howard continued. “These were proposals for adjustments that would not only make me feel more respected, but were also favorable to the salary cap. But the Dolphins rejected everything we proposed.
“That is why I do not believe that the organization has treated me in good faith. I don’t feel valued or respected by the Dolphins. Just like they can take a business approach first, so can I … So I want to make it clear that I am not happy and have requested an exchange. “
Howard is coming off a tremendous season, intercepting 10 league-leading passes (the second time in three seasons that he has set the pace for the NFL in interceptions) and ranking as the second-best CB in the league based on advanced metrics from Pro Football Focus. . . Although the five-year, $ 75 million deal Howard signed with the Dolphins in 2019 made him the highest paid cornerback in the league at the time, his $ 15 million AAV is now the sixth-highest mark in soccer (a place behind your teammate). Byron jones, who is not as good as Howard but was lucky enough to sign his free agent contract a year later). We learned late last month that Howard was seeking a deal that would at least exceed his teammate’s contract.
Howard’s situation is different from standard contract matchups considering he has four years left on his contract. While a player with a year or two remaining on his contract would be an easy candidate for a renegotiated deal, a player with Howard’s tenure would be contemplating a virtually unprecedented rework. Head Coach Brian Flowers seemed to hint that “unique situation” in June.
“After a year, it’s honestly something that hasn’t been done before. “ Flores said about Howard’s request for a new contract. “I am not saying that we are drawing a line in the sand, but different players establish the market every year.. “
While the Dolphins would surely prefer to have Howard in uniform, all is not lost, as teams would surely be willing to trade for a player of his caliber. We already heard that the Saints could be a possible landing siteand Albert Breer from TheMMQB.com tweets that the Cowboys previously approached on the cornerback.