Dolphins Make Xavien Howard Highest Paid Cornerback After Adding Highest Paid Receiver

The Miami Dolphins are spending a lot of money this offseason and as a result they have both the NFL's highest paid cornerback and highest paid wide receiver on their roster.

The Dolphins on Friday night agreed to terms with cornerback Xavien Howard on a new five-year contract with $50,691,177 in new money, effectively raising his annual average salary to $25,345,588 -- the highest annual average in the NFL.

Los Angeles Rams cornerback Jalen Ramsey previously boasted the contract with the highest average salary for a cornerback at $20 million per year.

Howard's extension pushes over $5 million per year beyond that.

This is not new territory for the Dolphins this offseason as they gave Tyreek Hill a new contract that makes him the highest paid wide receiver shortly after acquiring him from the Kansas City Chiefs.

Howard's new deal reaches other benchmarks as well.

Howard's new deal also comes with the most guaranteed money in NFL history for a cornerback and he is now scheduled to make the most cash over the next three years compared to all other currently signed cornerbacks.

Last year Howard and the Dolphins had a salary disagreement and ultimately the team promised to address the issue before the 2022 season. Agent David Canter and the club have been working on doing precisely that and it led to a deal Friday evening.

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Armando Salguero is a national award-winning columnist and is OutKick's Senior NFL Writer. He has covered the NFL since 1990 and is a selector for the Pro Football Hall of Fame and a voter for the Associated Press All-Pro Team and Awards. Salguero, selected a top 10 columnist by the APSE, has worked for the Miami Herald, Miami News, Palm Beach Post and ESPN as a national reporter. He has also hosted morning drive radio shows in South Florida.