Dolphins, CB Xavien Howard Agree to Record-Breaking Deal

CB Xavien Howard (25) with Miami Dolphins, last year. Photo by Adam Lacy/CSM/REX/Shutterstock (9917024ak)

After a breakout third year with the Miami Dolphins, the team is rewarding cornerback Xavien Howard with a record-breaking deal.

On Thursday, Howard and the Dolphins agreed to a contract that will make him the highest-paid cornerback in the NFL. The deal, which could keep Howard in Miami until the 2023 season, includes $46 million guaranteed.

In total, the total length of the contract is for 5 years and the cornerback could earn up to $76.5 million over its duration.

Howard, who was drafted by the Dolphins in the 2nd round of the 2016 draft, had a monster year for Miami in 2018. The third-year pro tied for the league lead in interceptions with 7 and was named to the second team All-Pro list.

He also made his first career Pro Bowl, a fitting reward for what was truly an elite season.

Howard was one of the few bright spots in a mediocre Dolphins team that finished the season with a 7-9 record and failed to qualify for the playoffs.

After signing Howard to a long-term deal, Miami has its defensive star locked up for the foreseeable future and doesn’t have to worry about testing the free agent waters at his position.

It’s a deal that makes Howard a very wealthy man and the Dolphins a very happy franchise.