The Miami Dolphins made it clear on Tuesday that they have no intention of upgrading at quarterback at any point in the foreseeable future. That should effectively end the Justin Fields speculation once and for all.
As far as general manager Chris Grier is concerned, Tua Tagovailoa is the franchise’s quarterback of the future.
“Tua, we’re very happy with,” he said.
“He’s our starting quarterback. He did a nice job this year coming in as a rookie with no offseason and the challenge in dealing with all that.
“Very happy with him and looking forward to watching him progress here over a [full] offseason going into next year. For us, not really talking about draft strategy, anything right now.”
Tagovailoa went 6-3 as a starter this year, throwing 11 touchdown passes and five interceptions. The only reason why his status is even in question is because on two separate occasions late in the year he was replaced in the fourth quarter by veteran backup Ryan Fitzpatrick.
That, coupled with Tagovailoa throwing three picks in Sunday’s season-finale loss to the Buffalo Bills, made some question whether Miami was having second thoughts about their young rising star.
“We want to be clear that Tua is our starter, and we’re very happy with his development so far,” Grier said.
Miami owns the Nos. 3 and 18 picks in the 2021 NFL draft. Based on their comments this week, it’s safe to assume that neither selection will ultimately be used on a quarterback.
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