Miami Dolphins fans love to look at the glass half full, and there is nothing wrong with that. However, sometimes it is okay to admit the glass is half empty, and for the Dolphins, the Xavien Howard situation would be one of those glass half empty times.
Before I go any further, let me just say that I would not trade Howard. I would somehow, someway, figure out how to give him another deal that makes both sides happy. Yes, he recently signed a contract, but the guy went out there and had 10 interceptions. If Howard did not play as well as he did last season, Miami would not have been sniffing the playoffs.
However, I do not make the decisions for the Dolphins, and sometimes the business side of things can get in the way. That is what is happening here, as clearly, the business side of things has caused a rift between Howard and Miami.
This is where the overly optimistic Dolphins fans will tell me I am just trying to stir the pot and that all is well in Miami. Well, you can believe what you want, but from my understanding, that is not the case.
Miami has had the entire offseason to figure this all out with Howard. This is not some new request by him, and it was known for a long time that he wanted more money after his dominant season.
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Howard skipping minicamp and knowing that he is unhappy is not a good sign for things to come. Miami has shown in the past that they will trade disgruntled players, even if they are great players. You can call the Minkah Fitzpatrick trade an isolated situation, but I could see the Howard situation ending just as badly, with yet another Miami star being traded.
Luckily for Dolphins fans, if Howard is traded, I genuinely think 2020 first-round pick cornerback Noah Igbinoghene will take a considerable jump in his second season. Igbinoghene is young and raw, but the sky is the limit for him.
Again, I would not trade Howard, but I have five creative trades centered around Howard being shipped out of Miami if Miami does decide to move on. Lastly, I said creative because I do not believe Miami will trade Howard for a first-round pick straight up.