Dolphins Sign Tua Tagovailoa

Most of this year’s top draft picks – including No. 1 overall pick Joe Burrow – have yet to ink their rookie contracts. You can put Tua Tagovailoa in the “signed” column. On Monday, the Dolphins agreed to terms with the quarterback on his first NFL deal (Twitter link via Field Yates of ESPN.com). 

Per the terms of his slot, the Alabama star will earn $30.275MM over the course of his four-year pact. And, because he’s a first-round pick, the Dolphins will also hold a fifth-year option for his services, allowing them to leg out the arrangement through 2024. Per the terms of the new collective bargaining agreement, that extra year will not be guaranteed exclusively for injury, it’d be just plain guaranteed.

The Dolphins tried their best to run a misdirection play with Justin Herbert, but they ultimately chose Tagovailoa, their longtime draft crush, with the No. 5 overall pick. With that, he’s set to take center stage in South Beach while grizzled and bearded veteran Ryan Fitzpatrick shows him the ropes.

Tagovailoa easily could have been the No. 1 overall pick in the 2020 NFL Draft, if not for his career-threatening injury and Burrow’s absolutely absurd final season at LSU. Tagovailoa’s camp says he’s on track for 100% health this year and doctors that have checked him out are in agreement. If his hip, wrist, and ankle injuries stay in the rearview mirror, Tagovailoa figures to have a bright future ahead.

As a fully healthy sophomore in 2018, Tagovailoa dazzled as he threw for almost 4,000 yards and 43 touchdowns with only six interceptions. In that year, he was the runner-up for the Heisman trophy behind Kyler Murray, the eventual No. 1 overall pick.

Tagovailoa finished his college career with a Division I-FBS-record 10.9 yards per attempt. The dynamic southpaw also exited Tuscaloosa with an 87-11 career TD-INT ratio. He represents the most-hyped Dolphins quarterback Since Dan Marino, whom the franchise has been trying to replace for 20 years.

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    • mrshyguy99

      give it a few years because it wouldnt be fair right off the bat. since dolphins have a decent built team while bengals not so much and might still have a some holes to fill.

      • I give no fox

        Id say offensively the bengals have the better supporting cast to start. Tyler Boyd and AJ green with joe mixon > davante Parker and Preston Williams with Jordan Howard/matt Breida. Both offensive lines are atrocious. Defensively, I would give the edge to Miami. I wouldn’t be surprised to see burrow perform better than Tua to start, if Tua even plays this year.

        • Lars MacDonald

          Miami invested heavily in the O-line this year. It should be respectable in 2020 (probably ranking in the low to mid 20’s) and way better than last year’s group.

          • I give no fox

            They will have significant growing pains with potentially 5 new starters on the line. And I’m not sold on flowers as a capable regular.

            • Flowers will be okay at guard. He plays like a $6 million/year left guard. Unfortunately for the Dolphins they are paying him $10/million/year.

          • wagner13

            The Dolphins o-line has loads of potential but is still very raw. Jackson might not even play this year, while Hunt will be blocking professionals after spending his collegiate years in the Sunbelt conference. Flowers, Deiter, and Davenport, while promising, are hardly proven commodities. That leaves Ted Karras as the only trustworthy starter for the time being

            • I give no fox

              Karras was thrust into the duty last season in NE because of injury. This was his first season as a regular starter. He is a question mark too. Lot of variables on that line, but they have potential.

              • wagner13

                Good point. Plus, it’s always a good idea to err on the side of caution when evaluating players outside of New England’s system. We’ll see how he fares without Scar coaching him up

  1. crosseyedlemon

    Tua will be dropped by the Dolphins in his option year and then lead the Titans to the playoffs.

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