Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network is reporting the Dolphins have restructured superstar cornerback Xavien Howard’s contract to create an extra $3.7 mill of cap space this year. This move will let Miami have some more operating capital in case they need to sign a few more players between now and Week 18 to get through the remainder of the season. This move has nothing to do with Howard wanting a new contract at the end of this season and a significant raise from what he is currently making. This is a move to simply give the Dolphins more salary-cap flexibility right now this season to make additional moves should they need to.
The #Dolphins restructured the contract of CB Xavien Howard to create $3,765,846 in room, helping them operate through the end of the season.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) November 25, 2021
This is also not a move in which Miami is opening up cap space to give Emmanual Ogbah or Mike Gesicki a contract extension now mid-season.