The Miami Dolphins are committed to Tua Tagovailoa for the next two seasons.
The team exercised Tagovailoa’s fifth-year option, sources confirmed to NFL Network.
The Dolphins had until May 2 to decide if they would accept the quarterback option.
Despite multiple head injuries throughout the 2022 season, Tagovailoa set career highs in passing yards, touchdowns, and completion percentage. He also led the NFL in passer rating last season.
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Tagovailoa was sidelined for five games last season after suffering two concussions over the course of the year. He was ruled out of the Dolphins’ playoff game against the Bills.
Head coach Mike McDaniel has always spoken highly of the type of player he believes Tagovailoa is.
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«I think it’s important to recognize that we have a congruence of interest in the Dolphins and the player, Tua, that both parties really want him to play at a very high level for a long time for the Miami Dolphins,» McDaniel said last month. .
General manager Chris Grier has also expressed confidence in the 2020 No. 5 overall draft pick.
«I would say with Tua, he’s our starting quarterback,» Grier told reporters in January. «I mean, I don’t know how we can say it more clearly. We’ve been like that this season and what he’s done. What Mike and Tua, (Darrell) Bevell, Chandler (Henley), the coaching staff have all done. They’ve all worked tremendously hard, all together.»
Tagovailoa’s second confirmed concussion of the season occurred during the Dolphins’ Christmas Day loss to the Packers. He didn’t play in any games the rest of the season.
On February 1, Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network reported that Tagovailoa approved the concussion protocol.
During last week’s NFL scouting combine, Grier mentioned that the team wasn’t worried about committing to the quarterback.
«It’s not something that makes us afraid to do something long-term with him,» Grier said. «The only thing he’s had, he’s been hit, but he always comes back and bounces back and plays hard and performs. Very excited for his future.»
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Tagovailoa will enter the fourth year of his rookie contract in 2023. His salary of just over $23 million in 2024 will be fully guaranteed.