What could some Trade packages for Xavien Howard look like?

With rumors swirling that Xavien Howard’s holdout from minicamp is more than his contract and X’s own cryptic messaging on his Instagram story, fans now there is more likely than not that X will be traded. Whether you agree with Miami trading him is another question, I personally would love to keep him, but if the two sides cannot work something out here are three packages I would like to see Miami explore.

Dallas Cowboys Receive: Xavien Howard, Conditional Round 6th Round Pick

Miami Dolphins Receive: Leighton Vander Esch, 2022 2nd Round Pick

This is the most logical trade that I can think of when it comes to Howard. The Cowboys desperately need secondary help, and the Dolphins desperately need an off-ball linebacker that can play alongside Jerome Baker. Both Howard and Vander Esch have had their fair share of injuries and will both be wanting new contracts upon the trade or in the near future.

Dallas gets a huge upgrade at corner and pairs Howard with Trevon Diggs. Cowboys fans can finally rejoice as they are no longer worried about teams always beating them in the pass game. Howard also adds a playmaking aspect to the Cowboys defense as his 10 interceptions last season was the same amount the Cowboys had as a team.

Miami adds another off-ball linebacker who can not only cover running backs out of the backfield but also help stop the run (something Flores has been trying to do). I know Benardrick McKinney was signed this past offseason but he is more of a run stopping linebacker and not a “do it all” type guy. A duo of Vander Esch and Baker would give Miami one of the better linebacker duos in the NFL as well.

A blitzing Vander Esch making a huge sack on then Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz

San Francisco 49ers Receive: Xavien Howard

Miami Dolphins Receive: Arik Armstead, 2022 2nd Round Pick, 2022 3rd Round Pick, 2023 2nd Round Pick,

The 49ers need corner help after Richard Sherman was not resigned and Howard would help improve the 49ers already stacked defense. A combination of Howard and a healthy Jason Verrett would be a sneak good cornerback duo. All offseason the 49ers tried to trade for a quarterback whether that was Matthew Stafford or Aaron Rodgers, but ultimately ended up trading up in the draft and getting Trey Lance. This is because they already have a stacked roster and adding Howard to it makes them a serious Super Bowl contender.

Armstead showing off his play recognition and batting down the screen

Miami receives a defensive end who can help out Miami in a number of ways. Armstead is an inconsistent pass rusher as two years ago he had 10 sacks (which is an outlier compared to previous years) and last season only had 3.5 sacks. This may be because he was playing alongside Nick Bosa during his career high 10 sack season while last season Bosa tore his ACL and was out for the year early on. This is good news for Miami as he would not be asked to be the superstar of the pass rusher, only a sidekick. This would allow Miami to have more depth with their pass rushing rotation and hopefully get more “real” sacks and less coverage sacks.

Tennessee Titans Receive: Xavien Howard

Miami Dolphins Receive: Aaron Brewer, 2022 1st Round Pick, 2022 3rd Round Pick, 2023 2nd Round Pick

The Titans lost Malcolm Butler in free agency and released Adoree’ Jackson this offseason leaving them with a huge hole at corner. Even though they drafted Elijah Molden and Caleb Farley in the draft, Farley has a back injury that may hold him out of some games and Molden is mostly a slot corner. That leaves Janoris Jenkins as the other starting corner. Bringing in Howard would give both Molden and Farley a mentor and give the secondary some added veteran presence.

Brewer’s snaps from his first ever NFL start.

As for Miami, they get a boatload of picks that they can really do anything with as well as a young promising center. Brewer was an undrafted free agent after the 2020 draft and in college played every position on the offensive line (but is more suited for interior line in the NFL). Miami loves when offensive lineman can play more than just one position so he would fit right in. Brewer could come in and immediately fight for the starting center position which has been a question mark in Miami since Mike Pouncey left.

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