Chris Perkins: Dolphins' attitude toward Xavien Howard is a bit peculiar

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Dolphins general manager Chris Grier’s comments on Wednesday at the NFL scouting combine raised some eyebrows.

Going a step further, Grier’s laudable open-mindedness toward Pro Bowl cornerback Xavien Howard returning, presumably with a significant pay cut, piqued my curiosity. At season’s end, Howard sounded as though there’s absolutely, positively no way he’s returning at a reduced salary. He was adamant.

The Dolphins let it be known recently that they plan on releasing Howard with a post-June 1 designation. But now Grier is saying the Dolphins are leaving the door open for Howard to return?

That’s peculiar.

And then it got me thinking.

Where would you rather be for the 2024 season?


From afar, it sure seems that the Dolphins have adopted that phrase as a negotiating consideration, something for their players to ask themselves during the offseason.

It seems the Dolphins are being patient, giving a number of players a chance to breathe, so to speak. They’re giving them a chance to gauge the market, workplace, weather, proximity to the beach, the Bahamas, the Caribbean, the fact that there’s no state income tax, things along those lines.

The Dolphins might shake down some players for a pay cut.

The Dolphins might need one or two of their own free agents to return at market value or slightly less.


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