The Dolphins have restructured the contract of star cornerback Xavien Howard (Twitter link through’s Ian Rapoport). By changing a portion of his base wage right into a signing bonus, the Dolphins now carved out a further $3.8M in cap room for 2021. 

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This marks Howard‘s second contract revision of the year. In August, the Dolphins ended Howard’s holdout by guaranteeing his complete 2021 wage whereas including $3.5M in incentives to his deal. Of course, that hasn’t accomplished a lot to quell the hypothesis over his long-term future in Miami.

On the flipside, the Dolphins did rebuff a pre-deadline trade offer from the Ravens, again after they have been winless. It’s doable that Baltimore GM Eric DeCosta would have even coughed up a first-rounder to land the two-time Pro Bowler if the Dolphins have been keen to eat a portion of his $13.8M wage. Chris Grier‘s refusal — within the midst of a down 12 months for Howard — signifies that he might nonetheless be of their plans for 2022 and past.

Since then, the Dolphins have rattled off three straight wins, bringing them to 3-7 on the 12 months. Howard & Co. will look to increase the streak on Sunday after they host the Cam Newton-led Panthers.

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