Dolphins head coach Brain Flores still expects Howard to be a professional as he is hopeful there can be a resolution.
“I guess the plan is to continue to have discussions on our part, continue to have talks with him and his representation,” Flores told WQAM’s Joe Rose on Wednesday morning. “We love X. He’s a good player. He’s competitive. He’s here. He’s showing up.
“We expect him to contribute the same way he has. He was out there [on Tuesday], passed his conditioning test. He’s in good shape. We’ll understand his concerns, and we’ll just try to work through this as best we can.”
The 28-year-old Howard led the NFL last season with 10 interceptions and 20 defended passes. He’s etched himself as one of the top cornerbacks in the league.
The Dolphins certainly value Howard’s services. The pro is valued by his teammates and is a pleasure to coach, according to Flores.
“Look, X is a great player, good teammate,” Flores said. “His teammates love playing with him. I love coaching him. Obviously, we’ve had discussions with him, his representation. I talked to him yesterday. I’ll keep all those conversations between us, including his contract situation.”
Of course, the Dolphins would love to hold onto Howard. As a matter of fact, Flores is optimistic something can work out between both parties.
“There’s a way,” Flores said. “I think we just continue to have discussions with him, his representation, and keep the lines of communication open, continue having dialogue and, hopefully, work something out. At the same time, we’ve got 90, 89 other guys that we’ll be working with, to include X.
“Try to build this team and improve on a day-to-day basis, build team chemistry. That’s where most of our focus is. The X thing is something we’re having discussions about, as well.”
The Dolphins will have their first training camp practice on Wednesday.