Report: Dolphins make Xavien Howard highest-paid cornerback

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The Dolphins and Xavien Howard have agreed to a deal that will make him the highest-paid cornerback in the NFL, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

Howard’s record deal is a five-year, $76.5 million extension that includes $46 million guaranteed, per Schefter. It’s the largest extension ever for a cornerback, Schefter adds.

Howard became the subject of trade rumors this offseason after he said he wanted to be the NFL’s highest-paid cornerback, making more than Josh Norman at $15 million per season. Now, he is.

A second-round pick in 2015, Howard made his first Pro Bowl in 2018 when he led the league with seven interceptions and made 12 pass breakups.

Howard has 11 interceptions in his past 17 games.

54 responses to “Report: Dolphins make Xavien Howard highest-paid cornerback

  1. Wow! This team is finally making sound decisions. It’s about freaking time. X-man is a stud. Excellent piece to build around.

  2. Next year Miami has 2 picks in every round except the first round. They will have a franchise qb in Rosen or Tua. They will have well over 100m in cap space. They already have some very special and dynamic young talent like Howard. The best coaching staff since the Shula years. So Buckle up league. Miami is gonna be bringing it hard in 2-3 years. Go Fins!!

  3. Gotta love today’s NFL! You don’t have to prove you’re the best at your position anymore, you just have to say you want to be paid like it & BOOM! You get your way. Ridiculous.

  4. Good job dolphins in making the market a mess! This guy isn’t worth it! If he played more than 3 years maybe but this is ridiculous.

  5. Could have just settled with $15/yr like Josh had but not bad locking up one of the best in the league. With all those picks in 2020 and Reshad Jones, TJ Mcdonald and Kiko Alonzo being the next available Vets to be traded we’re gonna be stacked at picks.

  6. Young talent getting paid to play a position that few can play at that level. Fins could have traded him and search for a star with the proceeds…didn’t have with X. He’s already a star that we haven’t even seen the best of yet.

  7. 11 interceptions in 17 games is not somethin’ to sleep on..
    Wouldn’t consider him the best CB in the league but hey it’s a business.
    Get ya money tho kid! Lol

  8. No doubt he’s talented, but it’s also easy to stand out on a team that otherwise struggles. Ideally, you’d think they’d want to see how he performs and responds to Flores and fits into the big picture before committing such a large percentage of their cap dollars to him.

  9. Ridiculous. And why when you’re in total full rebuild mode? This, and many other reasons, is why this franchise is a trainwreck year in and year out.

  10. Have any teams with top corners made it to the Superbowl since Dallas did?

  11. Surprised they were willing to go that high but hey, congrats to him. Violent game, get what you can while you can.

  12. Fins don’t have much to resign right now and cap money has to be spent above a certain threshold… LEAGUE RULES!! Regardless the fins did the right thing in resigning a corner who is not afraid of anybody just go ask Deandre Hopkins and if that isn’t enough ask Tom Brady about X. Xavien plays the run well and covers teammates mistakes. No brainer resigning him.

  13. As a Seahawks fan I know that having one of the top corners in the league is a double edged sword.

    If you could somehow get these guys before that first huge contract and then somehow get rid of them right before that big payday happens you’ll be better off.

    Once he gets the money than everybody else on the defense starts looking for more money as well. It got kind of ugly here with the last of them finally leaving town when Earl Thomas went to baltimore(overpaid).

    After going off through that and seeing their egos grow and get out of control I think that Pete Carroll and John Schneider would agree with me and say that once they get paid yhe hunger and humility dissappear and other problems stat popping up.

    More money more problems…give me the young guys with a chip on their shoulder trying to prove themselves. I am not so enamored with superstars as I used to be…

  14. TruthfulDolphinsFanNotWearingBlinders says:
    May 9, 2019 at 8:54 pm
    Better than spending it on a converted WR pretending to be an NFL QB with no accuracy.

    Take your old, stale act somewhere else. Tannehill is going to wind up starting for the Titans this year, And he will lead them to a playoff win…. I will be ready to rub your face in it, but something tells me you wont be man enough to stick around…

    He’s better than Bob Griese ever was. Griese in the HOF is a joke… And I am a Miami fan.

  15. It’s funny how fans cheer ridiculously large contracts without thinking about where the money is coming from. For example, Browns ticket prices have doubled in order to pay these players to play a game. Eventually, football won’t be broadcast on the local networks and the playoffs will be pay-per-view and you’ll still be watching the commercials.

    Millions upon millions to play a game! SMH. Our priorities as a society are a mess…

  16. fishfan77 says:
    May 9, 2019 at 10:20 pm
    TruthfulDolphinsFanNotWearingBlinders says:
    May 9, 2019 at 8:54 pm

    He’s better than Bob Griese ever was. Griese in the HOF is a joke… And I am a Miami fan.

    Guess you never watched him. Or looked at his ratings against other QBs of all time. Or remember that he led a team to a (true) perfect record, never beaten. Not the sexiest pick but he was better than pretty good.

  17. As a Pats fan I get to see him play twice a year and the kids good, he’s the real deal. That’s a lotta money but he’s young, came up through system, you want to hang onto those guys if you can.

  18. Without looking at all the details of contract, seems like a good move by Dolphins. They’re not going to compete this year and questionable following year. But spend some of your cap space now, lock up a young stud. Howard may be overpaid in first year or two of deal but in the back half of the contract (when Dolphins ready to challenge) he’ll be bargain at one of the most important positions on the field as others surpass him and rising cap.

  19. I’ve never even heard of the guy. Congrats to him but he really effed the market. If that dude is worth 15, Ramsey is worth 20 and Peterson is worth even more.

  20. You guys that are banging on Howard have no clue. He is clearly one of the best young corners in the league. Just because you haven’t seen him play doesn’t mean he isn’t great. Last year tied for the league lead in interceptions even though he missed 4 games, 2nd in the league in passer rating.

  21. For all of you that have not heard of him, that just goes to show you that this league is all about self promotion and getting your name in the media and headlines to be known. Howard has been the very best CB over the last 2 seasons. I laugh at you Pats fans saying “Who” did you not watch the games when he was picking Brady off??

  22. Good signing by Miami. The kid is just coming into his own. 11 picks in last 17 games. 12 passes defensed. Come on people. It is alot of money. But had they waited itd have been even more. Or they lose him to someone else who would have paid him more than this contract. Because by the end of this contract he will have proven Himself to the rest of the world

  23. He’s better than Bob Griese ever was.

    Guess you never watched him. Or remember that he led a team to a (true) perfect record, never beaten.

    ____

    Actually, Earl Morrall (38 years old) was the QB of that unbeaten team for 10 of the regular season games, weeks 5-14. Griese only played 7 games total that year, including the playoffs…kind of shows how good the rest of the team was

  24. He’s really good but injury prone. I think he should got maybe 5-10th highest paid corner. I hope he can stay healthy and then it will be worth it.

  25. buckifan4life says:
    May 9, 2019 at 10:42 pm
    It’s funny how fans cheer ridiculously large contracts without thinking about where the money is coming from. For example, Browns ticket prices have doubled in order to pay these players to play a game. Eventually, football won’t be broadcast on the local networks and the playoffs will be pay-per-view and you’ll still be watching the commercials.

    Millions upon millions to play a game! SMH. Our priorities as a society are a mess…
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    Yes millions upon millions to do a task only few people in this world can do in front of hundreds of thousands of fans with loads of sponsorship money lining the pockets of everyone involved. If the NFL puts ads on the jerseys, you won’t have to worry about inflation in ticket prices.

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