Kansas City Chiefs trade targets: 6 cornerbacks worth considering

DETROIT, MI - NOVEMBER 18: Darius Slay #23 of the Detroit Lions celebrates a win over the Carolina Panthers at Ford Field on November 18, 2018 in Detroit, Michigan. Detroit defeated Carolina 20-19. (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)
DETROIT, MI - NOVEMBER 18: Darius Slay #23 of the Detroit Lions celebrates a win over the Carolina Panthers at Ford Field on November 18, 2018 in Detroit, Michigan. Detroit defeated Carolina 20-19. (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images) /
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Chiefs Depth Chart, Xavien Howard
(Chiefs depth chart) INDIANAPOLIS, IN – NOVEMBER 25: Xavien Howard #25 of the Miami Dolphins celebrates after intercepting a pass in the final minute of the first half against the Indianapolis Colts at Lucas Oil Stadium on November 25, 2018 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Chiefs depth chart) (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images) (Chiefs depth chart) /

Xavien Howard

This particular trade idea has been talked about ad nauseum during the offseason and now the beginning of the regular season. Xavien Howard is a tremendously talented cornerback, who just signed a five year extension with the Miami Dolphins, and reportedly wants to stay there for the long term. However, as we’ve seen in the NFL especially this offseason, things can change at the drop of a hat. A player can want to be somewhere one day, and want to play somewhere else the next.

It’s hard to see this not happening with Howard. The Dolphins are in full-on “Tank for Tua” mode and were just absolutely destroyed by the Baltimore Ravens. Everyone is over the moon about the Ravens offense because of it, but I’ll be honest, I think it’s more the fact that Miami’s defense is terrible and they are actively trying to lose. Plus, is there really an end to the losing after this season?

Let’s think about tanking logically. Along with trading some of their cornerstones, like Laremy Tunsil, the Dolphins are burning into the minds of their current roster that losing is okay. Take these two factors and add a talented but green quarterback to the mix, and what would you expect to happen?

Let’s say they are able to snag Tua in the upcoming draft, what then? Who is going to protect him? The team demonstrated they don’t think that the offensive tackle position is important for the success of a young quarterback by jettisoning their best in a trade, albeit for a nice haul. I think the Indianapolis Colts and the Houston Texans would have something to say about that idea, given the beating their starting quarterbacks took over the years and how that turned out at least for the Colts.

Who’s he going to throw to? The Dolphins traded Jarvis Landry to the Cleveland Browns and just traded Kenny Stills in the package deal to the Texans. Sure, they still have Devante Parker, but we know in today’s NFL you’re going to need at least two to three weapons to consistently score on teams.

My point: the losing is going to last for a very long time. I think it’s highly possible that four or five games into the season Howard starts to realize that, while Miami has great weather, it’s not worth suffering through years and years of a bad franchise for it.

Items to Note:

  • Current Contract – Second Contract
  • Years left till free agency – Six years
  • Cap Hit this/next season – $10.3 million/$13.3 million