Dolphins officially announce Xavien Howard contract extension

Xavien Howard of the Miami Dolphins looks on against the New York Jets at Hard Rock Stadium on October 18, 2020 in Miami Gardens, Florida. (Michael Reaves, 2020 Michael Reaves)

MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. – The Miami Dolphins have officially locked down their lockdown cornerback.

The team announced a contract extension for Xavien Howard through the 2026 season.

Howard was the Dolphins second round pick in 2016 and is the longest tenured player on the roster.

He has earned three Pro Bowl Selections (2018, 2020, 2021), two team MVP awards (2018 and 2020), and was named first-team All-Pro in 2020.

Howard told reporters on Wednesday that he’s happy to be a Dolphin and is ready to help this team win a championship.

As for the team’s new head coach Mike McDaniel, Howard said, “I feel like everything is different... everybody is happy.”

Howard mentioned McDaniel’s energy level several times.

He also talked about the addition of wideout Tyreek Hill, saying, “Man, I’ve gotta get my hammys right. We’ve got a lot of speed over there.”

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David Lang is executive producer of the Local 10 sports department.