Trade rumors continue to swirl around Miami Dolphins cornerback Xavien Howard and some view the Arizona Cardinals as a logical landing spot.
If they were somehow able to acquire All-Pro cornerback Xavien Howard from the Miami Dolphins, the Arizona Cardinals would need to immediately be thought of as a threat to contend in the NFC next season.
The Cardinals should still have a solid pass defense in 2021 with Malcolm Butler, Byron Murphy, and Budda Baker leading the way. However, it’s also completely reasonable for Arizona fans to still be concerned about the team’s secondary heading into the upcoming season.
But the Cardinals adding someone like Howard to their roster would instantly transform the team’s defensive backfield into one of the best in the NFL and it would greatly reduce any level of stress fans might have about Arizona’s pass defense for 2021.
Arizona Cardinals viewed as a top destination for Miami Dolphins cornerback Xavien Howard
We’ve posted in the recent past about Howard potentially being traded before the start of the 2021 season and there still seems to be a chance of that happening.
Most recently, NFL Network’s Michael Silver shared that there’s currently “a lot of trade chatter,” about the Dolphins All-Pro cornerback and that there are “several teams,” considering a trade for him. Silver also mentioned that a team would probably have to give up a first-round draft pick at the very least in order to acquire Howard in a trade.
After this info was passed along, Pro Football Focus’ Austin Gayle shared some teams that he believes could be in the running to land the talented corner this year.
Gayle included the Cardinals in his list and he even labeled them as the “best fit,” for Howard given their continued need to add more experience to their secondary and the veteran corner’s ability to excel in man coverage, something that Arizona’s defense likes to utilize.
Like Silver, Gayle believes a trade offer for Howard would likely need to include a first-round draft selection.
Should the Cardinals go all in and do whatever they can to acquire the 28-year-old All-Pro cornerback from Miami? Or should they focus more on developing the young corners they currently have on their roster instead?