OFFICIAL: Lions Set to Announce The Landing Spot for 4-Time Dolphins Pro-Bowl

The Miami Dolphins’ defense will be different without Xavien Howard intercepting passes. Howard, arguably the best cornerback in Dolphins history, will be remembered as a fan favorite and someone who helped to shape the team’s culture. The 30-year-old four-time Pro Bowl pick is expected to fit in with the Detroit Lions, according to Bleacher Report.

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“The cornerback position was already something of a weak spot for the Detroit Lions, and the recent release of Cameron Sutton following domestic battery charges in Florida just makes the need all the more pressing,” Gary Davenport wrote in a March 24 article on the best fits for the top unsigned free agents.

According to Davenport, Howard would also be a good fit for the Houston Texans and the Kansas City Chiefs.

Howard, the Dolphins’ longest-tenured player, faced a $25.9 million cap hit in 2024. Cutting him after June 1 would save the Dolphins $18.5 million in 2024.

How Howard Would Help the Lions

While the Detroit Lions ended 12-5 and nearly made the Super Bowl, their pass defense was one of the worst in the league.

They allowed 257 passing yards per game, the second-highest in the NFL. The Lions also allowed the third most yards per pass attempt, at 7.4.

Howard has battled more than usual during his two seasons with the Miami Dolphins. He received a 55.1 score from PFF in 2023 and a 58.4 mark in 2022, placing him about in the middle of his position.

Howard had a 70.9 grade in 2021 and an 87.3 grade in 2020, making him perhaps the top cornerback at the time.

Howard topped the league in interceptions with ten in 2020, two years after recording seven in 2018. Howard is a ballhawk who, while having only two interceptions in the last two seasons, might reignite that aspect of his game under the Lions scheme.

The Lions, or any other team that contracts Howard, hope that he will make plays like he did with the Dolphins. He excels in intercepting passes and making defensive plays.

Howard Changed His views on his Next Contract

When asked if he’d be prepared to take a pay cut, Howard told reporters that he enjoyed his time with the Miami Dolphins and asked if they were willing to take one. His response indicated an unwillingness to accept a pay cut.

During an episode on “The OGs Podcast” with Udonis Haslem and Mike Miller in March, Howard stated that he would rather take a pay cut to join a winning team.

“I’d rather take a pay cut to go to a team that’s going to go further in the playoffs,” Howard stated in an interview. “I got my money and all that. I’m getting to the point, like, ‘How much money do you actually need?’ My goal is always to win the Super Bowl.

“Don’t let money stand in the way of winning the Super Bowl. Some people are paid, and some win the Super Bowl. Some individuals do both. You do both; you’re unique. I want to be different. I want to win the Super Bowl right now. I’ve already been paid, so (a Super Bowl) is what I’m looking forward to.”

Howard expresses his desire to join a club that will advance deeper in the playoffs, something the Dolphins have not done during his tenure with the franchise.

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