Dolphins to give CB Howard record deal

The Miami Dolphins are signing Xavien Howard to a big-time extension that will pay him more than any other CB in the NFL.

According to a report, the Miami Dolphins and Xavien Howard have agreed on a contract that will pay him $46 million in guaranteed money on a four-year extension that could be worth north of $76 million.

The previous largest contract for a corner was Josh Norman’s five-year, $75 million deal signed with Washington back in 2016. Trumaine Johnson came close to topping it with a five-year $72.5 million deal with the Jets last offseason, but ultimately came just short of Norman’s number.

Now, Howard is at the top of the position. Howard was Miami’s second-round pick in 2016, and after being brought along somewhat slowly early on, blossomed into an all-out star in 2018. 

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He totaled 11 interceptions and 25 passes defensed in 28 games across the past two seasons, and was named to his first Pro Bowl in 2018. Among the 76 cornerbacks who played at least 350 snaps in coverage, Howard allowed the single lowest passer rating at 62.6, per Pro Football Focus. 

He was headed into the final season of his rookie contract in 2019, but this deal will keep him in Miami for a lot longer. New coach Brian Flores will presumably deploy Howard as a lockdown perimeter corner, which should help as he builds out his defense over the next few years.

Last season, Howard finished tied for the league lead in interceptions with seven, but he only played in 12 games. The Baylor product played all 16 games in 2017, but only saw action in seven contests during his rookie year, although he did start in six of them. Knee issues were the cause of missed time in his rookie year and last season.

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