DAVIE, Fla. (AP) — Cornerback Xavien Howard will be a cornerstone in the Miami Dolphins’ rebuilding effort.
Howard agreed to terms on a $76.5 million, five-year extension, the most lucrative deal ever for an NFL cornerback. The contract includes $46 million guaranteed, and signals that new coach Brian Flores is expecting Howard to lead a turnaround by the Dolphins’ defense.
Howard made the Pro Bowl for the first time last season even though Miami allowed a franchise-record 6,257 yards. He tied for the league lead with seven interceptions despite missing the final four games because of a knee injury.
The Dolphins signed veteran offensive lineman Jordan Mills on Thursday to a $3 million, one-year contract. He becomes the front-runner to start at right tackle this season.
Miami also announced the signings of five 2019 draft picks, including defensive tackle Christian Wilkins of Clemson, the 13th overall pick. The team begins a three-day rookie minicamp Friday.