Miami Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa is optimistic about securing a contract extension with the team during the upcoming offseason.
“I believe that will happen, but I’m gonna let my agents, gonna let you know Chris [Grier], Mike [McDaniel], let those guys talk about that and let them move forward accordingly,” Tagovailoa shared with Pro Football Network’s Adam Beasley during Pro Bowl practice on Friday.
The AFC’s starting quarterback in this year’s Pro Bowl Flag Football game also disclosed to ESPN’s Marcel Louis-Jacques that discussions have taken place between the two parties. “There’s been communication,” he mentioned. “I think the thing with that right now is I’m just letting the team talk to my agent and let them work that out.”
Presently, Tagovailoa has one year remaining on his rookie deal after the Dolphins exercised his fifth-year option in 2023. While Miami could opt to allow Tagovailoa’s rookie contract to play out and potentially apply the franchise tag in 2025 and 2026, both sides express a mutual desire to reach a long-term agreement.
“…So the goal is to have him here long-term playing at a high level,” stated Dolphins GM Chris Grier during his end-of-season press conference. “That’s always the goal, and we’ll continue to communicate with him through the offseason here.”
Tagovailoa has achieved notable success in the last two years under head coach Mike McDaniel. In 2022, the former Alabama star led the NFL in yards per attempt and quarterback rating.
In 2023, he topped the league with 4,624 passing yards, contributing to Miami’s impressive 496 points for the season, securing the second position in the NFL.
At this juncture, it seems to be a matter of when rather than if a deal will be reached between the two parties. Tagovailoa’s consistent performance in recent years positions him favorably for a long-term contract extension, with the key considerations being the terms and duration of the agreement.