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Dolphins make Xavien Howard highest paid CB in NFL history

Xavien Howard NFL trade
Dec 11, 2017; Miami Gardens, FL, USA; Miami Dolphins cornerback Xavien Howard (25) celebrates his interception of New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) during the first half at Hard Rock Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

In a somewhat shocking move the Miami Dolphins have signed young cornerback Xavien Howard to a record-setting five-year, $76.5 million contract with $46 million in guarantees.

According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, this makes Howard the highest-paid cornerback in the history of the NFL.

Howard, 25, has been absolutely sensational over the past two seasons. This span has seen him record 25 passes defended and 11 interceptions en route to yielding a sub 75 passer rating in the process.

Howard’s average of $15.3 million ranks No. 1 among NFL cornerbacks ahead of Washington Redskins veteran Josh Norman. He’s also first in guarantees and total contract value.