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Colts are the “best free agent fit” according to CBS Sports for former Dolphins All-Pro CB Xavien Howard.
Could a former two-time NFL All-Pro and four-time NFL Pro Bowl veteran cornerback end up playing for the Colts?

Former Miami Dolphins All-Pro cornerback Xavien Howard’s “best free agent fit” is the Indianapolis Colts, according to CBS Sports:

Julius Brents and Dallis Flowers are the expected starters in the secondary, so the Colts could use some seasoned assistance there. Although it was unexpected that Indianapolis didn’t take a cornerback until pick No. 201 in the draft, the franchise is expected to do so in the coming month.

Given that he had a 64.2 passer rating in coverage last season and only two passing touchdowns allowed, Howard might be given the chance to start in Indianapolis. He can still match up with the best wide receivers in the league.

After suffering a late-season foot injury, the 30-year-old veteran cornerback made 13 starts in 2023 and totaled 45 tackles (36 solo), a tackle for loss, 12 passes defensed, and an interception. However, he was dismissed by Miami this summer as a post-June 1 salary cap casualty.

Howard finished the previous season with a +55.1 overall grade, ranking him as their 98th-best cornerback according to PFF. He was targeted seventy-one times in coverage, resulting in forty-four receptions (62.0 reception percentage), 502 receiving yards (11.4 ypr. average.), two touchdown receptions, an interception, and an 86.7 opponent passer rating.

With 29 career interceptions and counting, the former two-time NFL All-Pro, four-time NFL Pro Bowler, and two-time NFL interceptions leader is probably not the player he once was, but might he be the crucial veteran addition for a young Indianapolis secondary?

Maybe switching to mostly zone coverage might help him play into his early 30s, as it did for Indianapolis when it came to late-career veteran free agent cornerback signings Xavier Rhodes and Stephon Gilmore.

Despite being “bullish” about a young cornerback group that features JuJu Brents (24), Dallis Flowers (26), and Jaylon Jones (22), Colts general manager Chris Ballard notes that the group is extremely inexperienced on the outside. It might depend on the veteran’s price and anticipated playing time requirements, but Howard might make a great experienced complement to round out the squad.

Furthermore, considering that the Colts’ starting cornerback position seems to be very thin, one could argue that the safety position is more in need of an experienced addition than cornerback.

 

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