The Dolphins got rid of All Pro Minkah Fitzpatrick because he wanted to excel at his position. Okay fine, the Dolphins weren’t sure how good Minkah was at the time. He was simply a second-year stud and not an All Pro. So they took a chance that the Steelers would have a Top 5 draft pick last year and made the trade. But a funny thing happened. Minkah became an All Pro and led the Steelers to a respectable record. Their draft pick ended up being #18. I woulda kept Minkah.
Now, we don’t have to wonder if Xavien Howard is a Pro Bowler or not. We all know he is. The Dolphins know he is. To trade one of our best players (who’s also young and leads the NFL in interceptions) is ludicrous. But it’s the type of stupid deals the Dolphins make. Trading Laremy Tunsil was different. He was a fine player, but not a game-changer like Howard is. Plus, the Houston Texans overpaid us by a mile, and I still can’t believe we own their Number 1 AND Number 2 pick in 2021…in addition to their 2020 1st rounder we already got! That trade had to be made. The Howard trade does not.
So…where it stands now is that the Dolphins are denying the trade rumors. Yet somehow, the rumor began. What did someone hear? Who whispered what? This comes only a week after the news of Ryan Fitzpatrick’s benching was leaked before Ryan himself knew about it.
There’s something seriously wrong in the culture there, and it’s up to Brian Flores to fix it immediately. Armando in the Miami Herald is about 5 years too late in complaining that Dolphin fans are constantly lied to by our management. but he doesn’t have the guts to call them liars. Instead, he says, things change. yeah, right. Nick Saban spent an entire season lying about his Alabama offer. but it wasn’t really a lie because “things just changed.” Nope, nobody is buying it.
Anyway, the lies and leaks are the secondary issue here. The main issue is that the Dolphins would be insane to trade Xavien Howard.