As the contract standoff between the Miami Dolphins and star cornerback Xavien Howard continues, his name will continue to persist in NFL trade rumors.

That was magnified once Miami reported to camp. While Howard was with the rest of his teammates, the All-Pro cover guy officially requested a trade from the Dolphins. Below, we look at five ideal Xavien Howard trade scenarios heading into the 2021 NFL season.

 

Xavien Howard becomes Dallas Cowboys X-factor in wide-open NFC East

Dolphins get: 2022 first-round pick, Tony Pollard, 2023 fifth-round pick

Cowboys get: Xavien Howard

It’s anyone’s guess who will win the NFL’s worst division. The Washington Football Team got the job done with a 7-9 record and myriad of different starting quarterbacks in 2020. Their elite defense carried them to the crown.

But now that Dak Prescott is back under center for Dallas and fully paid, the Cowboys need to go all-in. Prescott should have the offense among the NFL’s elite, so it’s imperative for America’s Team to do all it can to upgrade the defense.

Counting on a second-round rookie in Kelvin Joseph to hold down a cornerback spot and play at Howard’s level is unrealistic. There’s an obvious opportunity for the Cowboys to get better at a key position, and if it means parting with some assets like a Day 1 draft pick and Ezekiel Elliott’s exceptional backup Tony Pollard, it’s worth the cost.

Dallas has its fair share of salary cap woes in the coming years, yet with enough contract restructures, Jerry Jones can fit in a worthwhile Howard contract extension.

 

Arizona Cardinals keep up aggressive talent acquisition in Xavien Howard trade

Dolphins get: 2022 first-round pick, Andy Isabella, 2023 fourth-round pick

Cardinals get: Xavien Howard

It’s an arms race of talent acquisition in the NFC West. Already the clear-cut best division in football, the four-team cluster got even better when the Los Angeles Rams traded for quarterback Matthew Stafford.

Although Arizona has to feel good about its own signal-caller in Kyler Murray, there’s a reason the Cardinals went so heavy on defense once the 2020 campaign ended. They spent a first-round pick on versatile linebacker Zaven Collins, and acquired J.J. Watt in free agency.