The once-promising marriage between Tua Tagovailoa and the Miami Dolphins could already be nearing a divorce.
The Dolphins used the fifth overall selection on Tagovailoa, a Heisman Trophy finalist, last spring. Although Tagovailoa had a fine rookie season, his name has been linked to trade rumors involving Houston Texans star quarterback Deshaun Watson.
During a recent interview with Dan Patrick, Tagovailoa made an admission about his future that should have Miami Dolphins fans concerned … or excited.
Tua Tagovailoa had a mixed rookie season with the Dolphins
The fifth overall pick in last year’s NFL draft, Tagovailoa took over the starting reins midseason and completed 64.1% of his passes for 1,814 yards, 11 touchdowns, and five interceptions across 10 games and nine starts. The rookie also ran for 109 yards and three touchdowns.
Although Miami won six of Tagovailoa’s nine starts, veteran backup Ryan Fitzpatrick relieved the ex-Alabama standout in multiple games.
Tagovailoa had a fine rookie season by most standards. However, Herbert’s excellent season, along with the impressive numbers Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow posted before a season-ending injury, make it easy to lose perspective of Tagovailoa’s numbers.
Tagovailoa’s name has been linked to trade rumors
The Miami Dolphins drafted Tua Tagovailoa assuming that he would be their franchise quarterback.
Things could quickly change. Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson requested a trade after the season and is fighting to get far, far away from Houston.
Media members have linked Watson to the Dolphins in recent weeks. ESPN insider Chris Mortensen reported that Watson likes the culture that Dolphins head coach Brian Flores created in Miami.
If the Dolphins acquired Watson, they almost certainly would need to send Tagovailoa to Houston.
Tua Tagovailoa made a concerning admission about his future
Tua Tagovailoa is fully aware of the trade rumors, and he isn’t hiding from addressing that he may not be with the Miami Dolphins for much longer.
Tagovailoa’s future in Miami came up when he appeared on the February 1 episode of The Dan Patrick Show. Patrick asked Tagovailoa if the host should wait until August before he buys the latter’s jersey.
Instead of providing Patrick with a confident and affirmative answer, Tagovailoa opted for sincerity.
“Honestly, I’m not too sure. I can’t control things that I can’t control. What I can do is continue to work hard.”
Tagovailoa may regret going for a clear-cut answer. Coaches and players involved in rumors about their impending departure often choose diplomatic and safe responses to avoid stirring controversy.
If the Dolphins trade Tagovailoa to Houston, he’ll also likely regret not getting to stay in Florida. Houston lacks draft picks and has many uncertainties involving their 2021 offensive personnel.
Miami, meanwhile, barely missed the postseason in 2020. The Dolphins should be considered a favorite to make the playoffs, even if it’s only as a wild card team, next year.