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Former Miami Dolphins cornerback Xavien Howard is now a free agent after playing eight seasons with the team, earning two All-Pro selections and four Pro Bowl appearances. Despite playing under three different head coaches during his time with the Dolphins, including Adam Gase, Brian Flores, and Mike McDaniel, Howard managed to establish himself as one of the top cornerbacks in the league since being drafted in 2016.

Brian Flores, who coached the Dolphins from 2019 to 2021, faced controversy during his tenure, with a lawsuit filed against the team and the NFL alleging discrimination. However, Howard recently praised Flores, calling him a “player’s coach” on “The OGs” podcast. Howard acknowledged that while he and Flores may not have been close personally, he respected the coach’s approach and consistency in holding players to a high standard. Flores, who had spent much of his career with the New England Patriots under Bill Belichick, is now serving as the defensive coordinator for the Minnesota Vikings.

This past offseason, Flores recruited former Dolphins linebacker Andrew Van Ginkel to join him in Minnesota, sparking speculation that Howard may also be considering following suit. Howard’s comments about Flores being a player’s coach and holding players to a high standard suggest that he may have a positive relationship with his former coach despite any previous reports of tension. It remains to be seen where Howard will sign next, as he explores his options as a free agent for the first time in his NFL career.

Howard’s performance on the field, coupled with his accolades and reputation as a top cornerback, make him an attractive target for teams looking to bolster their defense. His ability to make impact plays, such as interceptions, has made him a standout player in the league and a valuable asset for any team. Despite the uncertainty surrounding his future team, Howard’s talent and experience will likely draw interest from multiple organizations as they look to improve their defense for the upcoming season.

As Howard navigates the free agency process and considers his options for the next chapter of his NFL career, his comments about his former coach Brian Flores shed light on their relationship and Flores’ coaching style. The possibility of Howard following Flores to the Vikings, as seen with Van Ginkel, adds another layer of intrigue to the situation. Regardless of where Howard ultimately signs, his track record of success and proven abilities as a cornerback make him a sought-after player in the league. Dolphins fans and NFL enthusiasts alike will be watching closely to see where Howard lands and how he continues to make an impact on the field in the upcoming season.

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