Dolphins cut ties with lackluster back Jordan Howard

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

The Miami Dolphins have released running back Jordan Howard. He signed a contract with the team in March.

Howard sign a two-year, $9.75 million deal. He is now on waivers and the New York Jets — who have the worst record in the league — have the first shot at claiming Howard.

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“A lot of respect for him and respect for the way he worked. No ill will, just thought it was best for both parties,” Dolphins head coach Bryan Flores said. “He’s a good back. He’s definitely been productive. We had some other guys who stepped in and played well. For that reason, his reps were limited. When he did go in there, it felt like we had maybe a little bit better production from some other guys.

“I don’t think that speaks to his talent level. I think he’s a talented young man. He’s been productive in this league and I wish him all the best.”

Whoever claims him off waivers or signs Howard, they will be responsible for $720,588 for the rest of the season. With his lackluster performance this season, it’s unlikely he’ll be claimed off waivers.

However, by releasing him, they save $5 million on the 2021 salary cap.

He was inactive for Sunday’s win over the Los Angeles Chargers. The 26-year-old last played on November 8th against the Arizona Cardinals.

In the game against the Cardinals, he had a season-high 10 carries for 19 yards.

Howard has had five appearances, including three starts. He had 28 carries for 33 yards and four touchdowns.

In his previous four games besides the Cardinals game, he has not had more than seven yards in a game.

Before signing with the Dolphins, he spent one season with the Philadelphia Eagles following a trade. He began his career with the Chicago Bears.

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