Tua Tagovailoa has heard the myriad of business rumors involving himself and Texas quarterback Deshaun Watson. How could he not?
But the Dolphins quarterback, coming off what some might describe as a disappointing rookie campaign, has no fear of being transferred to Houston after just one season in Miami. The No.5 pick in the 2020 NFL Draft said it Monday in a radio interview with Dan Patrick:
“It’s something I can’t control,” Tagovailoa told Patrick. “I have no control over these trade agreements and the like.”
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Tagovailoa was also a good sport when Patrick asked if he should wait until August to buy one of his shirts:
“Well, honestly, I’m not too sure,” Tagovailoa said with a smile. “Like I said, I can’t control things that I can’t control.”
Tagovailoa went on to describe his rookie campaign as “below average” in his interview with Patrick. The rookie went 6-3 as a starter, but has been pulled out multiple times for veteran Ryan Fitzpatrick – most notably in a close win over Las Vegas in Week 16. For the year, Tagovailoa made 186 passes on 290 attempts (64.1%) for 1,814 yards. and 11 touchdowns for five interceptions; he also ran for three touchdowns.
Tagovailoa’s rookie season hasn’t been the worst in NFL history, but it looked less than auspicious when juxtaposed with fellow rookies Justin Herbert, Joe Burrow and Jalen Hurts. The fact that the Dolphins barely missed the playoffs, even with a playoff-caliber defense, didn’t help matters.
Tagovailoa certainly has the support for 2021 from Dolphins general manager Chris Grier and coach Brian Flores – at least publicly. But that was before Watson’s reported breakup with the Texans reached a point where he wanted a trade out of Houston. One of the first speculated trade agreements involved sending Tagovailoa and several draft picks (including, potentially, Miami’s 3 and 18 picks from the 2021 draft) to Houston in exchange for Watson.
Whether this trade comes to fruition or if Tagovailoa has another chance to prove itself, it remains to be seen. Although that’s something the sophomore quarterback can control.
“In my mind and in my heart, I would like to hope so,” Tagovailoa said. “But for me, with the way things went last year, you always have to prove yourself to do better and I want to do better.”