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Miami Dolphins: Tua Tagovailoa officially signs rookie contract

The Miami Dolphins have locked up the future. According to Field Yates of ESPN.com, the Miami Dolphins have signed quarterback Tua Tagovailoa to a four-year contract worth over $30 million. The contract has a fifth-year team option.

Tagovailoa is viewed as the franchise quarterback for Miami. He put together a great career at the University of Alabama. With over 70,00 passing yards, 87 touchdowns, and one 3,000-yard season, Tagovailoa put together a solid career in Tuscaloosa. Now, he will look to be that same stabilizing force for Miami.

As of the time of publishing this article, he is the second top-10 pick to have signed a contract with his team. Derrick Brown of the Carolina Panthers is the other.

There has already been so much hype surrounding his arrival in Miami. From wearing the number one, to getting praise from Dan Marino, Tagovailoa has had a busy couple of months.

Now, the Miami Dolphins need to focus on signing their other two first-round picks. Austin Jackson and Noah Igbinoghene  are the other draft picks in question.

Miami Dolphins spending big this offseason

It’s reassuring that Miami has already signed Tagvailoa. Sometimes, rookie contracts can take a while to sign, and the negotiating process can take longer than expected. Especially with the uncertainty of the season, the fact that the Miami Dolphins were able to get this deal done quickly is certainly a positive.

According to a tweet from Adam Beasley of the Miami Herald, Tua is just the seventh-highest paid Dolphin. Interestingly enough, two of the players on the list were already on the team prior to this offseason. The rest on the list are new arrivals.

Now, the waiting game begins. No one knows for sure when Tagovailoa will make his debut. Some have speculated it could come in the second half of the season. Whatever the case may be, he is now officially in the fold.

Miami Dolphins: Tua Tagovailoa set to wear No. 1 as new era begins

We finally have an idea as to what number new Miami Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa is going to wear. According to  the team, Tagovailoa is set to wear number one for Miami.

Cam Newton, Kyler Murray, and Warren Moon are some of the more recent quarterbacks to have worn the number.

Let us not forget that Randall Cunningham also wore this number towards the end of his career. He had quite an impressive career of his own.

 

The bottom line is, the number one carries a lot of weight. The exclusivity of the number itself means that  the Miami Dolphins are putting their trust in Tua.

In total, there have been 110 players who have worn number one. That certainly makes Tagovailoa’s jersey number even more special.

Tagovailoa war number 13 while at Alabama.  There was a debate in social circles whether or not the dolphins would  unretire Dan Marino’s number. However,  this announcement puts that debate to rest.

The Miami Dolphins are entering a new era

The Miami Dolphins are looking to enter a new era of football. The organization has received an overhaul this offseason. Tagovailoa is a big  part of this overhaul. He has certainly brought energy to the organization as the Miami Dolphins look to rise back to the top of the AFC East.

With this jersey number for the rookie, the Dolphins are making a statement. They believe Tua is the future of the organization. With the New England Patriots undergoing a rebuild in the post-Tom Brady era, the entire AFC East now has a chance to compete.

More so than any other team in the AFC East, the Buffalo Bills will undoubtedly be a thorn in the side of the Miami Dolphins for the foreseeable future. Hopefully, wearing number one, Tagovailoa will help bring the organization back to respectability and help them land a spot in the playoffs.

Tua’s Here! Get Your New Shirts!

It started with one.

The classic Tua 2020 concept, with the #Tankovailoa hashtag, to honor the Miami Dolphins’ apparent backwards pursuit of the elite University of Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa.

(Is that how you spell it?)

That’s been the biggest seller on our site, by far.

The trendsetter.

And you can still get it HERE, same price as always. 

Even comes in a tank….

But now we know you need more.

It’s a party in South Florida, so why not play off a favorite drinking establishment, the one with the slushy drinks that make you feel a little loopy.

So we have two shirts based on that bar, which is based on the New Orleans tradition.

You get the first HERE, in ORANGE:

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To make a request of the new Dolphins quarterback….

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And we added another, loosely based a slogan you may have heard somewhere.

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But, for one shirt? Sure.

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Miami Dolphins 2020 NFL Draft: Round One Recap

The Miami Dolphins entered the 2020 NFL Draft with three first-round selections, they left it a changed franchise.

smoke screen
/ˈsmōkˌskrēn/
noun 

a cloud of smoke created to conceal military operations.
a ruse designed to disguise someone’s real intentions or activities.

One word can summarize the Miami Dolphins main tactic leading up to the 2020 NFL Draft.

Deployed in a military scenario during engagement, a smokescreen is a simple and effective method of camouflage lasting just an instant.

In the sense of NFL subterfuge, the deception lasts for months and doesn’t stop until the clock starts.

 

The Miami Dolphins held the 5th, 18th, and 26th picks at 8PM EST.

At 8:01 Roger Goodell’s basement was the unlikely backdrop in a draft like we have never seen – and may never see again.

 

In the end, we had no idea what the hell was going to happen.

Miami gave us all the smoke, and we inhaled.

When it cleared, we stood looking through the haze where we belonged from the start.

Cincinnati and Washington were expected to stand pat with their top two selections.

The worst kept secret of the draft – Cincinnati’s intentions.

 

With the second pick the Washington Redskins selected DE Chase Young, another heavily predicted scenario.

The 2020 NFL Draft really began with the Detroit Lions and the third selection.

 

Lions GM Bob Quinn and head coach Matt Patricia have New England roots like Brian Flores and Chris Grier.

Those connections did not lead to any last minute deals and the Lions took the top cornerback in the draft, Jeff Okudah.

So far so good for the Dolphins as all the top offensive tackles and both Tua Tagovailoa and Justin Herbert were in play.

The New York Giants went on the clock with pick four and the anticipation heightened.

Daniel Jones is the future for now under center in New York, so they were not linked to either quarterback.

Giants’ GM Dave Gettleman had never traded down in the NFL Draft.

Jones got his protector in Andrew Thomas and the first key offensive tackle was off the board.

Is it happening?

Miami is on the clock.

Tua is there.

We didn’t tank, and didn’t have to move up.

The moment that many Miami Dolphins fans spoke into existence actually happened.

 

Roger Goodell walked up to his, um, podium and quite possibly altered the trajectory of the Dolphins.

He may have butchered Tagovailoa just a bit, forgive him as he lacks the practice we have here in our network.

 

The selection of Tua Tagovailoa shows an investment in the one position that stirs the drink.

A commitment by the Miami Dolphins to build a true winner by taking an educated risk.

It felt like a giant weight was lifted when Goodell announced the pick.

 

Something so widely hoped for, predicted, and mocked actually came to fruition.

While the Dolphins “tank” had ammunition left with two more first-round picks in the chamber.

Oh what a glorious night.

The virtual draft lacked the flash and technical nuance of the standard yearly affair.

Which under these circumstances seemed to galvanize a connection between the fans and the players.

Even Goodell.

Everyone in their living rooms (or basement) instead of green rooms and ballrooms.

A reminder we are still in unusual and scary times, but have hopes and dreams and that life will go on.

Board Takes Shape

Miami’s next selection was scheduled for 18 and the board began to reveal some surprises.

No. 6 Chargers – QB Justin Herbert, Oregon

No. 7 Panthers- DT Derrick Brown, Auburn

No. 8 Cardinals- LB Isaiah Simmons, Clemson

No. 9 Jaguars – CB C.J. Henderson, Florida

The run on defense left Cleveland with their choice of top tier tackles and they leapt at the opportunity.

No. 10 Browns – OT Jedrick Wills, Alabama

Simmons falling to the Cardinals at eight and the Jaguars taking Henderson at nine were both mild surprises.

No. 11 Jets – OT Mekhi Becton, Louisville

No. 12 Radiers – WR Henry Ruggs III, Alabam

Becton did not take a fall despite his pre-draft issues, while Ruggs being the first receiver off the board was unexpected.

The draft seemed to hum along peacefully, with no trades through the first 10 picks for the first time since 2015.

That trend would stop at pick 13 as the 49ers traded that selection to Tampa Bay.

The first bit of bad news for the Dolphins as the Bucs would grab the third tackle in four picks.

No. 13 Buccaneers – OT Tristan Wirfs, Iowa

With the Wirfs pick, the consensus first round tackles were all off the board. Now with a significant drop off at that position, the options began to narrow for the Dolphins as their next pick approached.

No. 14 49ers – DT Javon Kinlaw, South Carolina

No. 15 Broncos – WR Jerry Jeudy, Auburn

No. 16 Falcons – CB A.J. Terrell, Clemson

No. 17 Cowboys – WR CeeDee Lamb, Oklahoma

The run on offensive tackles and wide receivers was complete for the moment.

With Miami back on the board at 18 players such OLB K’Lavon Chaisson and S Xavier McKinney were on the board.

Along with all the top running backs…well every running back.

Reaching into the second tier of offensive tackles at 18 seemed like poor value.

Trading down seemed like a logical play with Jordan Love still on the board.

Miami would hold tight and add another piece to the offensive line, albeit not one that was widely predicted.

No. 18 – Dolphins OT Austin Jackson, USC

Wow.

Position of need, yes.

Player of need at this spot?

Not in the eyes of most observers.

Jackson at 18 was a stretch, but his upside is something to hold out hope for.

 

He was not graded as a first rounder by most analysts and has had a unique journey to the NFL via USC.

Jackson donated bone marrow to his sister in 2019 and missed the entire offseason program, hurting his draft stock.

Obviously this speaks to his character and at age 20 Jackson has plenty of time to grow and develop into an NFL player.

 

That being said, he would have likely been there at 26 or beyond if Miami decided to trade down.

With Tua taking a redshirt next year, perhaps the Dolphins can do the same with Jackson.

Miami picked him for his potential and his ceiling, his quickness and body type are prototypical modern NFL tackle mold.

 

No. 19 Raiders – CB Damon Arnette, Ohio State

No. 20 Jaguars – EDGE K’Lavon Chiasson, LSU

No. 21 – Eagles – WR Jalen Reagor, TCU

No. 22 Vikings – WR Justin Jefferson, LSU

No. 23 Chargers – ILB Kenneth Murray, Oklahoma

No. 24 Saints – C Cesar Ruiz, Michigan

No. 25 49ers – WR Brandon Aiyuk, Arizona State

No. 26 Packers (from Miami) QB Jordan Love, Utah State

The Dolphins swapped pick 26 for Green Bay’s first rounder at 30, while picking up No. 117 in the fourth round.

No. 27 Seahawks – OLB Jordyn Brooks, Texas Tech

No. 28 Ravens – ILB Patrick Queen, LSU

No. 29 Titans – OT Isaiah Wilson, Georgia

No. 30 Dolphins (from Packers) CB Noah Igbinoghene, Auburn

In a pick that was forecasted by few, the Dolphins pick up a high upside cornerback in Igbinoghene who slots as a nickel corner at the next level.

Both of his parents ran track for the Nigerian Olympic team and Noah inherited a lot of that athleticism and speed.

Igbinoghene is a former wide receiver and has natural instincts in terms of positioning and body control, with the ability to close quickly in space.

Despite being listed at just 5-foot-10 and a shade under 200 pounds, Igbinoghene isn’t afraid to stick his nose in there and tackle.

With Xavien Howard and Byron Jones on the outside, Igbinoghene fits perfectly with the needs of the Miami secondary.

 

Safeties Xavier McKinney and Antoine Winfield were both still on the board, however Miami went with another sticky cover man in Igbinoghene. Look for the safety spot to be a target in Round 2, Miami has the 39th and 56th selections going into Friday night.

No. 31 Vikings – CB Jeff Gladney, TCU

No. 32 Chiefs – RB Clyde Edwards-Helaire, LSU

In a mild surprise, only one running back was taken in round one. Edwards-Helaire has the skillset of a new age NFL running back and could have been a target for Miami on Day 2. With how the board shook out in Round 1, there are still the majority of the top backs still on the board.

J.K. Dobbins, D’Andre Swift, and Jonathan Taylor could all be Round 2 targets for the Dolphins, along with Cam Akers a little further down the board.

Winfield is intriguing as well, it is unlikely that McKinney could be had without a trade up from 39. Safety Ashtyn Davis is another strong candidate for the second round.

It was a wild night for the Miami Dolphins and their fans, under unusual circumstances the escape was much needed for a lot of people.

Fans should be pleased that the Dolphins drafted Tagovailoa, finally taking a shot at a transcendent quarterback prospect for the first time in decades.

With plenty of capital remaining, the next two chapters of the 2020 NFL Draft should hold plenty more in store for the Miami Dolphins.

Make sure to check out our live draft coverage Friday night:

Miami Dolphins: Tua Tagovailoa era officially begins in earnest

Miami Dolphins fans, it’s time to celebrate.

It finally happened, the Miami Dolphins have Tua Tagovalioa as their starting quarterback. Really, all that needed to happen was the formality of drafting him. He had been connected to Miami for quite some time. Now, the Dolphins can look towards the future.

The Dolphins have been looking for a franchise quarterback ever since Dan Marino retired. They now have it with Tagovalioa.

Tua can do it all. He can run, pass, keep plays alive and lead. The quarterback ranks third all-time in passing yards in Alabama history with 7,442. He ranks first in Alabama history in passing touchdowns with 87.

He will enter a Miami offense that certainly has weapons at receiver, provided a couple come back healthy. DeVante Parker emerged as a true No. 1, finally. Preston Williams, an undrafted find, was headed that way before his injury, but he’s reportedly recovering well.

Albert Wilson and Jakeem Grant were dynamic two seasons ago — if healthy, maybe they will be again.

And Tua has the touch and timing on slants to make them go.

Now he just needs protection, as the Dolphins continue to shape the line.

The one worry I have in regards to him as a player is his durability. The reviews from the hip specialist he went to see were extremely positive, however. Stephania Bell of ESPN spoke to Dr. Thomas Byrd, who gave him a clean bill of health. It certainly is great to hear such a positive prognosis.

But there’s no rush. The season may not start on time. Ryan Fitzpatrick is an ideal bridge quarterback, who can also win and lead, and understands his role in helping the next generation.

The Miami Dolphins have needed stability at the quarterback position. Tagovalioa should be able to provide that for years to come. They have been yearning for this type of playmaker and franchise player for what seems like forever. Quarterbacks like this don’t come along very often. Now, Miami has their man and a cornerstone player to boot. Here’s to hoping for success sooner rather than later.

Make sure to check out our continuing coverage on our YouTube channel throughout the evening.

Tua Tagovailoa Aces Three-Month Doctor Visit

Alabama QB Tua Tagovailoa’s hip looked ‘as positive as possible’ according to reports. Will the Dolphins draft the talented passer?

The NFL offseason is a long and grueling process.

No one truly knows what the team’s end game is, but if early reports are accurate, Tua Tagovailoa is at the top of their wish list. Acquiring the talented quarterback is an entirely different beast. And one that the Dolphins will soon have to make a franchise-altering decision on.

Is Tagovailoa worthy of the #5 overall pick? Absolutely.

Is he worthy of trading multiple draft picks to move up and secure the quarterback of the future? I believe so, but do the Dolphins?

That answer we may not know until April 23rd. But one thing we do know is that Tagovailoa is progressing quite nicely.

According to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, Tagovailoa’s three-month CT scan came back great.

There’s still a ways to go in Tagovailoa’s development, and the potential for AVN is still prominent. However, this is a massive win for Tua and his agent, who hope the QB can throw before April’s draft. One would assume that if he can showcase his skills to NFL teams and general managers, the likelihood that he would be a top-5 draft pick dramatically improves. As does the possibility that Miami–or any other team–would have to trade up to land The Left Arm of God.

In the end, there is no player in the history of the NFL draft that I wanted my favorite football team to draft more than Tagovailoa. And for years, Miami passed on elite quarterbacks, to settle for the safe prospect. Perhaps this is the end? Maybe, after twenty years of failing to address the most critical position in football with anyone other than Ryan Tannehill, a bunch of second-round draft picks, or aging veterans–maybe they finally land a once-in-a-generation QB.

The time is now. Tua Tagovailoa, No Matter What.

This article was written by Josh Houtz (@houtz) a lifelong Tua Tagovailoa stan.

Tua’s father wants son drafted by Dolphins

As the coverage for Super Bowl week continues, we are hearing from many of the game’s top players. Tua Tagovailoa is someone that has been on the mind of Miami Dolphins fans. With the fifth pick, the Dolphins believe that the Alabama prospect could be the quarterback they’ve been searching for. And according to Andy Slater, Tua’s dad feels the same.

The organization has been looking for a quarterback since Dan Marino. Although there have been several signal-callers that have filled in, none of them have been a franchise quarterback. There is a belief that the Dolphins will do whatever it takes to get the college football star.

In the meantime, it seems like Tua Tagovailoa is taking it all in stride. In speaking to the media on Thursday, the quarterback notes the comparisons to Marino honored him. Nevertheless, he recognizes that he has things to accomplish. If anything, that speaks to his humility and desire to be great. He even shouted out to Marino, saying that “It means the world” that Marino thinks he could be a star.

He also opened up to Mackenzie Salmon of USA Today about his hip injury. The quarterback’s hip is getting better, but he doesn’t have a timeline on when he will be back. A CAT scan and MRI will take place a week from Monday. At that point, it will have been 12 weeks since he suffered a devastating injury.  The injury itself is something that may affect his draft stock

Medicals are something to watch for Miami Dolphins

The Tua-Miami Dolphins connection seems to be stronger than ever. As he prepares for the NFL Draft, one has to wonder if any further developments will come out. The medical piece, in regards to how healed he is from his injury, is something to watch for. This is crucial for him as he looks to solidify his stock as a top-10 pick in the NFL Draft. It’s something that the Dolphins and the rest of the league will be paying attention to. For now, it seems like he is just enjoying the process of being a coveted NFL prospect.

Miami Dolphins: Ryan Fitzpatrick expected to be back with team in 2020

One part of the quarterback equation for the Miami Dolphins is not going anywhere.

At least one part of the Miami Dolphins quarterback equation will be solved in 2020. According to a report from Adam Beasley of the Miami Herald, Dolphins general manager Chris Grier expects Ryan Fitzpatrick to be back in 2020.

Fitzpatrick performed well for Miami given the circumstances. He threw for 3,529 yards, 20 touchdowns, and 13 interceptions. His best game came against the Cincinnati Bengals. In what was in overtime contest, he threw for 419 yards, four touchdowns and an interception. His 31 completions that day were his second-most on the season.

Fitzpatrick’s 20 touchdowns on the season were the most he threw in any season since 2015. That year, he threw 31 with the New York Jets. His passing yards were also the most he had in his career since 2015.

The veteran quarterback signed a two-year, $11 million contract with the Dolphins in 2019. This included  $7 million in guaranteed money.  This season, he will make an $8 million base salary.

The Dolphins figure to be in the quarterback market heading into this year’s draft. They have the fifth pick in the first round. They are meeting with several quarterbacks at the Senior Bowl this week. There has been an overwhelming line of thinking that the Miami Dolphins will select Tua Tagovailoa with the fifth overall pick. The Miami Dolphins certainly have a lot of options at their disposal.

What role Fitzpatrick will play in 2020 remains to be seen. He will either be the starting quarterback as Miami looks to develop a rookie. Alternatively, he could be a mentor as the rookie ascends to the starting role. Whatever the case may be, the Miami Dolphins are making an effort to try and bring stability and talent to the quarterback position. How they will execute it remains to be seen.

Tua Tagovailoa will work out for teams in April

Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa will work out for teams in April, according to his agent Leigh Steinberg.

Before the 2019 Miami Dolphins ever took the field, it was believed by many that the plan was to draft Alabama QB Tua Tagovailoa, no matter whatAnd with each passing win, it seemed less and less likely that the plan would come to fruition. But then, Tagovailoa suffered a season-ending hip injury, which once again made this dream a reality. Now, with less than four months until the 2020 NFL Draft, new information could change teams’ outlook in April.

According to Tagovailoa’s agent Leigh Steinberg, the promising young QB is expected to be fully healthy and able to work out for NFL teams before the draft.

In Tagovailoa We Trust

No one can honestly say whether or not Tagovailoa will be fully healthy. As it is my belief, there are several hurdles between now and April that he must overcome. But for a player that at one point–many believed may never play football again–this is big. And for teams like the Miami Dolphins or even the Los Angeles Chargers, they must now start to devise a plan to figure out how to land the Left Arm of God. 

Truth is, Chris Grier and his henchman have done what needed to be done, to acquire as war chest of draft picks. They have the ammunition to move up and down the draft board as they deem fit–and it is my understanding they will do so for the right player. Tagovailoa, when healthy, is absolutely worth trading up for. And if he is the QB the team coveted since day one, the decision is easy.

When healthy, Tagovailoa is one of the best QBs to ever play collegiate football. Now, he has the opportunity to take his talents to the NFL-to South Florida. Now it is up to the Miami Dolphins to make that a dream a reality.

In all my years covering the Dolphins, there is not a prospect I can remember wanting more than Tagovailoa. I just hope Miami’s front office feels the same way. Because missing out on a prospect like Tagovailoa, could rival passing on Drew Brees or Aaron Rodgers. It’s time to get out of the 7-9 and 8-8 hell the team has been trapped in for the last 20 years.

Save us Tua Tagovialoa, you’re our only hope.

 

This article was written by Josh Houtz (@houtz) and he really, really wants the Dolphins to draft Tua Tagovailoa.

 

Tua Tagovailoa

Tua Tagovailoa takes a weekend getaway to Miami

Tua Tagovailoa made the the trip down on Friday.

Quarterback Tua Tagovailoa was spotted in Miami on social media. Could he have been visiting the Miami Dolphins on Friday?

Tagovailoa is expected to be a top quarterback in the 2020 NFL Draft. As the Dolphins hold the fifth overall pick, he could be in a spot to become a Dolphin. This is something that many Miami fans believe is the first step towards rebuilding the future. It is certainly hard to disagree with them.

Friday night, he posted on his Instagram story that he was in Miami. He also was able to visit with Larry “The Amigo” Milan. The latter posted it on his Instagram profile. At the very least, we have tangible proof that the star quarterback is checking out potential future surroundings. That is certainly intriguing to say the least.

What does this all mean? We can’t say for certain, but my guess is that Miami really likes what Tua brings to the table. He is the playmaker Miami has been lacking for years. They have longed for a quarterback with his arm strength and accuracy, and now it looks like he has fallen right into their laps. I would be a little worried in regards to his injury from last year. However  with the fifth pick, Miami should take the best player available. He certainly fits into that category.

To me this is a sign that Tua is doing his homework. He’s doing a little pre-draft scouting if you will. Miami Dolphins general manager Chris Grier has done plenty of scouting on his own, having watched the quarterback in several games. He was on hand to watch Tagovailoa take down Ole Miss in a seven-touchdown day. It’s no secret that the Dolphins as an organization love what the quarterback brings the table.

The fact that the former Alabama Crimson Tide star was in town Friday is certainly significant. It could be the start of a fruitful relationship between organization and player.