Dolphins work out contract dispute with Xavien Howard, who will not be traded

Cornerback Xavien Howard of the Miami Dolphins attends, but does not participate in practice drills during Training Camp at Baptist Health Training Complex on August 03, 2021 in Miami Gardens, Florida. Howard is being held out of practice for precautionary reasons, as ongoing contract discussions with the team continue. (Mark Brown, 2021 Mark Brown)

MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. – Some extremely good news coming from Miami Dolphins Training Camp Sunday morning.

According to NFL Network’s Mike Garafolo, the Dolphins and Pro Bowl cornerback Xavien Howard have agreed to a restructuring of Howard’s contract.

“We got the deal done so it feels great to be out here,” Howard said following Sunday’s practice “It feels great to be out here with my team, getting better.”

The 28-year-old is widely considered one of the best in the league at his position.

Last season, Howard led the NFL with 10 interceptions.

“My goals this year...after the season you’ll see the goals,” Howard said. “I don’t want to put it out there like that, but as a team, we want to win. That’s the only thing I’m worried about right now.”

As part of the new deal, Howard received $1 million in Pro Bowl incentives and another $3.5 million in additional incentives, all added to his contract for the 2021 season, according to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network.

Howard also had all fines from not attending Miami’s mandatory minicamp rescinded, per the report.

Originally signing his deal in 2019, Howard remains under contract with the Dolphins through the 2024 NFL season.

“I’m happy. I’ll always be happy to be with the team that drafted me and stuck through the ups and downs,” he said. “Just being here and being happy to be here and help guys out.”

Howard’s agent, David Canter, posted a message on social media thanking the Dolphins for helping make the deal happen.

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David Dwork joined the WPLG Local 10 News team in August 2019. Born and raised in Miami-Dade County, David has covered South Florida sports since 2007.