However, Caldwell didn't live up to expectations, so the coaching staff turned to Howard. He started the final eight games of the season and tallied 56 tackles, one sack and one interception.
It's unlikely Howard will become a starter in 2003, even if Rosevelt Colvin leaves via free agency. Holdman should be back and ready to go by training camp, while if Colvin leaves then Bryan Knight would be the top candidate to fill his shoes.
Howard is a solid backup that can start in an emergency. He also contributes on special teams and that combination will make him hard to let go.
Likelihood Howard will return: 75-25 in favor.