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10 Cowboys who could be traded and though unlikely, CB Xavien Howard not impossible to acquire

SMG Logo By K.D. Drummond of SMG | Slide 1 of 13: Howard went to social media to demand a trade from the Dolphins. Prior to the 2019 season, he signed a lucrative extension with Miami, one which still after two additional offseasons has him as the sixth-highest paid cornerback in the league (on average salary) at $15 million per season. His general complaint is he stands as the best corner on his team, but not the highest paid after the Dolphins inked Byron Jones in the 2020 offseason to a deal worth $16 million a season. Initial response, including from this writer, was astonishment. Howard's right in a sense. The sixth-year veteran outplayed Jones who had a down season and although he was routinely shied away from by QBs while in Dallas, Jones has never been an interceptor. Howard was targeted 5.6 times a game vs 4.4 for Jones in 2020, so despite him finishing with 10 interceptions, QBs did still throw at the former a solid amount. The catch, of course, is that Howard shadows the other team's top receiver across the field so naturally the volume is going to be higher. His play resulted in 10 interceptions in 2020 and 18 over his last 33 games, leading the league in 2018 as well. “The assignments I’m given, shadowing the opposition’s best player with little help, proves my value, my worth,” Howard wrote on Instagram. “Yet I’m the second-highest paid cornerback on my own team and it’s not even close.”  While the average salaries are close, Jones' deal included $46 million in guarantees while Howard's had just $27 million. That seems like a beef he should have with his representation, but his asks of the organization to rectify the situation don't seem egregious, as laid out in this Miami Herald article from Almando Salguero. Howard asked on separate occasions for the Dolphins to move $4 million from the backend of the deal to the 2021 season or guarantee his 2022 salary. It is these parameters, where Dallas would be able to work within the structure of his remaining contract that open a window into how this could get done.

Backstory on Howard wanting out of Miami

Howard went to social media to demand a trade from the Dolphins. Prior to the 2019 season, he signed a lucrative extension with Miami, one which still after two additional offseasons has him as the sixth-highest paid cornerback in the league (on average salary) at $15 million per season. His general complaint is he stands as the best corner on his team, but not the highest paid after the Dolphins inked Byron Jones in the 2020 offseason to a deal worth $16 million a season. Initial response, including from this writer, was astonishment. Howard's right in a sense. The sixth-year veteran outplayed Jones who had a down season and although he was routinely shied away from by QBs while in Dallas, Jones has never been an interceptor. Howard was targeted 5.6 times a game vs 4.4 for Jones in 2020, so despite him finishing with 10 interceptions, QBs did still throw at the former a solid amount. The catch, of course, is that Howard shadows the other team's top receiver across the field so naturally the volume is going to be higher. His play resulted in 10 interceptions in 2020 and 18 over his last 33 games, leading the league in 2018 as well. “The assignments I’m given, shadowing the opposition’s best player with little help, proves my value, my worth,” Howard wrote on Instagram. “Yet I’m the second-highest paid cornerback on my own team and it’s not even close.” While the average salaries are close, Jones' deal included $46 million in guarantees while Howard's had just $27 million. That seems like a beef he should have with his representation, but his asks of the organization to rectify the situation don't seem egregious, as laid out in this Miami Herald article from Almando Salguero. Howard asked on separate occasions for the Dolphins to move $4 million from the backend of the deal to the 2021 season or guarantee his 2022 salary. It is these parameters, where Dallas would be able to work within the structure of his remaining contract that open a window into how this could get done.
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