Miami Dolphins Pro Bowl cornerback Xavien Howard was arrested in Florida on Sunday night and now faces charges for domestic battery. Howard and his fiance’ reportedly engaged in a verbal and physical altercation following an argument, as ESPN’s Cameron Wolfe reported.
Per Wolfe, the alleged incident occurred after an argument over an undisclosed purse purchase.
Xavien Howard Arrested After Alleged Altercation
According to Omar Kelly and Keven Lerner of the Sun-Sentinel, the police report states that Xavien Howard grabbed the woman’s arm and pushed her into a mirrored glass wall. Howard then dropped her, and she fell to the ground atop Howard’s crutches. The report further states that his fiance’ had redness and scratches on her forearm and wrist as a result of the altercation. Howard also complained of knee pain following the incident.
After the altercation, Davie Fire Rescue transported Howard to the Broward Sheriff’s Office Jail in Fort Lauderdale, FL. Howard’s bond was set at $3,000 upon booking and is currently pending.
Howard’s former Miami Dolphins teammate Mark Walton was arrested less than two months ago for an alleged altercation with a woman. Walton was released by the team back in mid-November after being accused of allegedly assaulting a pregnant woman.
Dolphins Give Xavien Howard Contract Extension
The Dolphins have not released a statement on Howard’s arrest yet and the cornerback’s future with the team remains an unknown.
In 2018, Xavien Howard seemed to be developing into one of the few elite cornerbacks in the NFL. The former Baylor University star earned his first career Pro Bowl nod after registering seven interceptions. While rumors were that Miami would potentially use their young standout defender as a puzzle piece to acquire more draft capital, the Dolphins instead opted to give Howard a long-term deal.
Miami gave Howard a five-year, $75.5 million extension on his already existing contract back in May of 2019. The contract seemed to mark the start of a long-term marriage between Howard and the Dolphins.
Xavien Howard’s Uninspiring 2019 NFL Season
The 2019 season was not so welcoming to both the Dolphins and Howard. Miami finished the season with a 5-11 record, decidedly emptying houses along the way, trading away the majority of their serviceable talent. One of the players not dealt was Howard, however, although that doesn’t mean his name wasn’t brought up in trade discussions. In fact, he’s been mentioned in rumblings of potential deals for the better part of two seasons now.
While Howard’s contract may be difficult to unshelve, his declining play makes it nearly impossible. Howard finished 2019 with just a 56.5 Pro Football Focus grade and ended his season on the injured reserve with a knee injury. Howard underwent surgery for the injury in late October.
The Dolphins seem to be turning a new leaf, as head coach Brian Flores appears primed to build a winning culture in Miami. Unfortunately, the arrest of one of the team’s most talented players adds to the looming question marks ahead.
Miami ended the 2019 season on about as high of a note as one could imagine. The Dolphins picked up a hard-fought 27-24 win against the New England Patriots to wrap up the year. The game was capped with a Ryan Fitzpatrick-led game-winning drive and a five-yard touchdown pass to tight end Mike Gesicki with 24 seconds remaining.
Miami owns three first-round picks in the 2020 NFL Draft and has the opportunity to bolster the talent across the board.
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