Sam Madison comes home.
One of the best cornerbacks in Dolphins history, Madison is joining the team as a cornerbacks coach/passing specialist, as confirmed by a league source.
Madison will replace 2021 cornerbacks coach Charles Burks, who was expected to stay with the team but will instead join the AFC champion Cincinnati Bengals.
Madison has spent the past three seasons as a cornerbacks coach with the Kansas City Chiefs, winning a Super Bowl title at his former home stadium in his freshman year when the Chiefs beat the San Francisco 49ers at the Super Bowl LIV at Hard Rock Stadium.
It was Madison’s first official coaching experience, following a 13-year playing career that began when he was a second-round pick of the Dolphins in the 1997 draft.
Madison played eight seasons with the Dolphins and was a four-time Pro Bowl selection and a two-time All-Pro first-team selection. His 31 interceptions rank third in team history, behind Jake Scott’s 35 and Dick Anderson’s 34.
The four Pro Bowl selections are the most for any Dolphins cornerback, with Patrick Surtain, Brent Grimes and Xavien Howard having three each.
Madison ended his career with the New York Giants, with whom he won the Super Bowl in the 2007 season when the Giants ended New England’s quest for a perfect season.
Back in Miami, Madison will be working with one of the strongest position groups on the roster. The group is led by Howard and includes Byron Jones, Nik Needham, Justin Coleman, Noah Igbinoghene, Javaris Davis, Trill Williams and Jamal Perry.
Coleman is expected to become an unrestricted free agent next month; Needham and Perry are expected to become restricted free agents.
Madison becomes the second former Dolphins player hired by McDaniel, after receivers coach Wes Welker.
Madison and Welker were teammates in Miami in 2004 after Welker arrived two weeks into the regular season after being waived as a rookie by the San Diego Chargers.
Burks becomes the third defensive coach of last season to be replaced. Defensive backs coach Gerald Alexander was dropped, and outside linebackers coach Rob Leonard left to fill the same position with the Baltimore Ravens.
DOLPHINS COACHING STAFF UPDATED
Coach: Mike McDaniel
Offensive Coordinator: Frank Smith
Defensive coordinator: Josh Boyer
Special Teams Coordinator: Danny Crossman
QB Coach/Passing Game Coordinator: Darrell Bevell
Assistant QB Coach: Chandler Henley
Running Coach/Associate Head Coach: Eric Studesville
Wide receivers coach: Wes Welker
Tight Ends Coach/Assistant Head Coach: Jon Embree
Offensive Line Coach: Matt Applebaum
Defensive Line Coach: Austin Clark
Linebackers Coach: Anthony Campanile
Outside Linebackers Coach: Tyrone McKenzie
Cornerbacks Coach/Passing Specialist: Sam Madison