Tua Tagovailoa just cannot seem to catch a break.
The former first-round pick out of Alabama is far from a unanimous choice to come back as Dolphins starting quarterback next season, even with the front office firing head coach Brian Flores, who reportedly wasn’t too high on him.
Even Tagovailoa’s own teammates, including one prominent defender, feel like they won’t go too far with him as the quarterback.
“He can’t make every throw,” a Dolphins defender told Omar Kelly of the Sun-Sentinel. “He’s only going to take us so far. I’m wasting my career here if that’s what we’re doing!”
The Dolphins have long been linked to Houston Texans starting quarterback Deshaun Watson, but owner Stephen Ross wants his sexual assault and misconduct cases settled before a trade goes through. Not helping matters is the Houston Texans not coming down off their mega asking price for Watson.
If a trade does goes down, it does not signal the movement of Tua. According to a report by Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle last year, the Texans don’t consider Tagovailoa “an adequate replacement” to their three-time Pro Bowl quarterback.
“Miami has a quarterback with upside in Tua Tagovailoa, but that could be a deal-breaker for the Texans,” Wilson reported. “Tagovailoa isn’t regarded as a quarterback the Texans will view as an adequate replacement for Watson, according to multiple league sources.”
Tagovailoa didn’t have quite the rookie season as some of his peers — he completed 186 of 290 passes (64.1 percent) for 1,814 yards and 11 touchdowns to five interceptions.
In the 2022 NFL regular season, Tagovailoa passed for 2,653 yards and 16 touchdowns with 10 interceptions for the Dolphins.