I wish I had some inside info to share–or any info at all–but it’s been more of the same.
Greedy Xavien refuses to honor his word and come to work. The Dolphins, thus far, refuse to budge. And I fear we are beyond the point of no return. This is unfortunate.
Let’s say that Brian Flores and Chris Grier cave in and give Howard a raise. Does that make X happy and make him try even harder this season? No. I don’t see it that way. It’s human nature for a man like him to have a chip on his shoulder. His attitude would not be “Thank you for the raise. Now I’m gonna play my ass off and show you that I am worth it.” Instead, I see him more as a “What took you so long” type of guy. He gets his way, and still feels slighted because he didn’t get his way fast enough. I’d love to be wrong.
On another front, sadly, trading Howard seems to be more likely than the Dolphins keeping Howard. He is the best cornerback in the league, and I would love to have him around, but the reality is that he’s greedy and jealous and doesn’t care about the $17 million we are handing him but rather is more concerned with 17.1 that they are handing to someone else. It’s like hitting the PowerBall jackpot for $750,000,000, but being angry because the MegaMillions winner go more.
In any event, the reports are slowly shifting FROM “Will Miami re-negotiate Howard” TO “how much trade value does he have.” A few weeks ago I saw an article out of Phoenix, where the writer thought the Cardinals should give up a second round draft pick for Howard. Yeah, maybe in his wildest dreams. The Dolphins traded Minkah Fitzpatrick, who was unproven, and got one first-round pick in return. Howard is a million times better than Fitzpatrick and his numbers prove it. He’s the first player with double digit interceptions in many years. His one-on-one man coverage is the best in the game. You can just ask Howard to cover someone and then design your defense for the other ten guys. He’s that good.
The people in Arizona think they can have Howard for a second round pick? That’s insanity. The Dolphins need to demand two separate number one picks for Howard as a starting point. And some desperate team will pay that price. If no one pays that price, then Howard sits home and collects $0.00 for the next decade or so.
Also–and this is something that Howard and his agent might not realize–is that he is destroying his own trade value with his holdout. He is now known as a whiner, greedy, and untrustworthy. When he goes to a new team, does he suddenly become content? He suddenly stops asking for more money? It’s very doubtful. Any team that trades for Howard is getting a trouble-making question mark, and who wants that?