Dolphins give Howard new 5-year, $90M contract

Posted: 01/04/2022 in NFL
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Pro Bowl cornerback Xavien Howard has agreed to a new five-year, $90-million contract with the Miami Dolphins, according to Tom Pelissero of NFL Network.

Howard already had three years and $39.3 million left on his deal. The extension tacks on two years and $50.69 million in new money, Howard’s agent told CBS Sports’ Josina Anderson.

Howard led the NFL in interceptions in 2018 and 2020, and earned his third career Pro Bowl selection in 2021 to further cement himself as one of the league’s top defensive backs. He tallied 16 pass breakups and five interceptions last season.

Miami already had two of the 10 highest-paid cornerbacks in the league with Howard and Byron Jones. The Dolphins assured Howard last year they would redo his deal after 2021; he became discontent with his contract when Miami handed Jones a larger deal in free agency.

Despite boasting the two marquee cornerbacks, Miami ranked a pedestrian 16th in passing yards allowed last year.

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