The New Orleans Saints’ interest in disgruntled cornerback Xavien Howard has merit.
The tweet from longtime Saints reporter, author and team historian Jeff Duncan may have highlighted the possibility that the team is interested in Dolphins cornerback Xavien Howard.
I call Duncan a “deliberate twitter” and don’t provide “exaggerated” information about the team. Jeff wouldn’t use social media unless he reached out to someone who knows the team’s interest in Howard.
Previously, Duncan is a highly respected journalist and has interviewed Sean Payton, Managing Director Mickey Loomis and Deputy Managing Director Jeff Ireland – all in the management ranks and influencing decisions.
Marshon Lattimore’s legal woes and Richard Sherman drama could force the Saints to pick a veteran cornerback before training camp. The market for a talented defensive back could turn thin next week.
FINANCE MUST MAKE SENSE
The financial impact of a deal with Howard is key.
Howard agreed to a $ 76.6 million 6-year contract extension in 2019. His 2021 cap is $ 13.5 million with a base salary of $ 12.08 million, a prorated bonus of $ 1.4 million and a training bonus of $ 25,000, which he may have already lost for not attending the minicamp.
Before closing a deal for Howard, New Orleans must answer some major questions.
- What would the dolphins look for in a trade with Howard?
- Which player?
- Draft picks?
- Other financial terms, could the Saints offer in exchange for Howard?
Mickey Loomis’ side and Lattimore camp have restructured their last season but have not concluded a contract extension. Does that signal the Saints’ reluctance to re-sign their former 2017 first-round pick? Or, would Howard’s landing solve some of their cornerback problems for the next few seasons?
Vice President of Football Administration Khai Harley has been active and very creative with player contracts. Completing a trade for Howard would be another stroke of genius. For now, the Dolphins front office doesn’t seem willing to move Howard.
Can an agreement be reached? It is far.
But, we’ll see.