Pay TWICE for Xavien in trade - Cowboys ??

Mike Fisher

Staff member
OXNARD, Calif. - The 2021 Dallas Cowboys continue to try to beef up their secondary and so far here at training camp, as it regards the cornerbacks, anyway, they like what they see.

And what does disgruntled Miami Dolphins standout corner Xavien Howard "like''? A photoshop of himself in a Dallas uniform.

It's somewhere between "silly'' and "dangerous'' to attach too much gravitas to a social-media post - though it is clear the standout cornerback, who failed to show up for the Dolphins mandatory June minicamp, feels displeasure with his contract situation.

Indeed, upon showing up to Miami training camp this week, he issued a social-media post asking for a trade.

So forget what Xavien "likes''; what does Dallas like?

The issues blocking such a deal are two-fold:

One, the likely first-round-pick price. Jerry Jones still gets a stomach ache thinking about the trades he's made in which he's sacrificed a first-rounder - and that even goes for the deals that have worked, most recently the Amari Cooper trade.

And two, Howard, just two years ago, signed a Miami deal totaling $75 million over five years ...

And now he wants a new contract, likely at $20 million APY.

The circumstances essentially require Dallas to "pay twice'' to get the All-Pro corner, who for what it's worth is 28 and a Texas native.

The Cowboys are instead at training camp here in Oxnard convincing themselves — right or wrong — that with young Trevon Diggs at one corner, and with competition featuring Anthony Brown and rookies Kelvin Joseph and Nahshon Wright at the other, they don’t have to spend any more here.

That's why the new DB add is a safety named "Malik Hooker'' and not a cornerback named "Xavien Howard.''