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Dolphins are sticking with Tua Tagovailoa at quarterback, trades No. 3 overall pick to 49ers

Tua Tagovailoa in warmups before Miami Dolphins played Buffalo Bills
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Tua Tagovailoa will get a chance to prove he is special for the Miami Dolphins and Alabama football fans are excited.

This offseason, ideas of trading Tagovailoa or drafting another quarterback have been brought to the Dolphins. However, Brian Flores (head coach) and Chris Grier (general manager) are committed to its No. 5 pick of the 2020 NFL Draft. Miami wants to build with the former University of Alabama standout, and it’s doing it through free agency and the upcoming draft.

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After firing Chan Gailey, the Dolphins hired Charlie Frye as Tagovailoa’s quarterback coach.

Then, it signed both Will Fuller and Robert Foster in free agency to shore its wide receiver room.


National media wanted Miami to use the No. 3 overall pick on a signal-caller, but the franchise decided to trade the pick to the San Francisco 49ers. ESPN’s Adam Schefter broke the news on Friday, as Miami closed on its final piece in moving forward with Tagovailoa. Huge news would follow as the Dolphins worked a trade situation with the Philadelphia Eagles to grab the No. 6 overall pick. This means the possibility of selecting the wide receiver it wants is still on the board. Grier also worked out other trades, which gives Miami major draft capital for the next three years. Flores and the Dolphins will be able to put as much help around Tagovailoa as needed to grow him.

Who does it take at No. 6 between DeVonta Smith, Jaylen Waddle, or Ja’Marr Chase?

All three are great options at receiver.

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Two are Fred Biletnikoff Award winners, one is a Heisman Trophy winner, and one is the most versatile, all-around receiver in the draft.

Whoever Miami takes will continue to add to Tagovailoa’s potential of having a massive sophomore season in the National Football League. The Dolphins are all in on the native Hawaiian, and he is ready to silence some critics.

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Stephen M. Smith is the managing editor and senior writer for Touchdown Alabama Magazine.  You can “like” him on Facebook or “follow” him on Twitter, via @CoachingMSmith.

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