Report: Brian Flores expects Xavien Howard at minicamp despite him not getting restructured contract

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The Miami Dolphins and Xavien Howard have still not come to an agreement on the cornerback’s request for a renegotiation of his contract.

Still, Dolphins head coach Brian Flores expects the 2020 first-team All-Pro selection to be among the players who will attend the minicamp next week.

“Howard would like a raise and restructured contract, but the Dolphins have been non-committal about doing that, according to a league source,” wrote Barry Jackson and Adam Beasley of the Miami Herald. “A source said not to necessarily connect Howard’s absence with his desire for a new deal.

“Brian Flores, without mentioning Howard or any player, said Friday he fully expects every player to attend next week’s minicamp.

“A source said he has been dealing with a minor quad injury, at least in recent weeks.”

Howard has been away from the team this offseason, opting to work out on his own. But if he fails to report for the mandatory minicamp, he could be fined.

The 27-year-old was a revelation for Miami last season. He had a career year, tying the franchise record with 10 interceptions.

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