Will the Tennessee Titans be interested?
The relationship between the Dolphins and Howard seems to be broken at this point and a breakup seems inevitable.
In his last two healthy seasons (2018 and 2020), Howard racked up 17 interceptions and 32 PBUs all while being a solid run defender. It is hard to ignore those numbers and it has been a long time since the Titans have had a cornerback that other teams were scared to throw towards.
The NFL is a year-to-year proposition and you can’t take anything for granted. No one should look at the Titans cornerbacks and think that they have a long-term issue, but those injuries have left the immediate future in doubt.
When healthy, Kristian Fulton is playing like a true CB1 neutralizing the likes of D.K. Metcalf. In the slot, the Titans have options for the first time in a long time with Elijah Molden playing like prime Logan Ryan and Chris Jackson providing more speed in case teams try to hit that go route from the slot that is popular around the NFL.
Where it gets tricky is with Jackrabbit Jenkins. He has struggled this season and the thought process has always been that if he struggles for too long then Vrabel would be forced to put in Caleb Farley.
Fast-forward to today and the Titans really don’t have another option on the boundary unless they think Breon Borders can fill that role (which isn’t a terrible idea).
Still, you have to think that a player like Howard would be considered an upgrade both long-term and short-term. A blue-chip player like that makes everyone better even if it means adjusting future expectations for someone like Caleb Farley.
The question then turns to how much he will cost the Titans.