If you’ve been following the Miami Dolphins beat for any amount of time over the last few years, you’re likely very familiar with the talented Cameron Wolfe — who has spent the entire Brian Flores/Chris Grier era of Miami Dolphins football covering the team with ESPN.
Wolfe recently announced a career change was coming and yesterday revealed that his new home would provide more of the same: plenty of Miami Dolphins coverage from South Florida; just for a different outlet. Wolfe has transitioned over to NFL Network and made his network debut yesterday with Ian Rapoport at Dolphins camp. In the process, Wolfe provided a major update on the status of star cornerback Xavien Howard and the Miami Dolphins — who are currently tangled in a complicated contract dispute.
Most notable among Wolfe’s debut with NFL Network was his opinion that the gap between Howard’s camp and the Dolphins is small enough that “you should be able to make it work.”
Talking Xavien Howard contract situation from Dolphins camp as 2nd part of my @gmfb debut with @RapSheet. On Inside Training Camp a few more times this afternoon talking Tua and rest of offense. pic.twitter.com/SbkQLsVLFl
— Cameron Wolfe (@CameronWolfe) August 4, 2021
“I think there has to be a solution. I had a chance to talk to ‘X’ shortly after he was holding out and essentially what he was saying is he feels he just wants a little — what did Aretha Franklin call it? — R-E-S-P-E-C-T. He just wants a little. And I think the Dolphins have their stance, you know, he signed a deal two years ago but ‘X’, he’s the best corner on the team. One of the best in the league. 10 interceptions last year. I think he wants a little bit more in guarantees, a little bit more money and to me, the gap seems small enough that you should be able to make it work,” said Wolfe.
“But right now, they’re still holding on tight. Brian Flores said they’re heading in the right direction. Xavien Howard said ‘its up to them’, so it is not like they’re drawing a hard line. It seems like there’s room for them to make this go forward and happen. Somebody just has to give a little bit.”
As the saying goes, deadlines spur action. And with no deadline looming until roster cuts and the start of the regular season, this situation may extend itself for the weeks to come. But, as Wolfe says, it seems things are trending towards a recovery and a salvaged relationship.
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